It's a little early for irises, I know. But I saw these at my Whole Foods, and for a reasonable price. ($5 for 10 stems. I bought 2 bunches, for a total of $10.)
When I got them, they were still wrapped up in tight little buds. Mike said he would never have picked them out because he had no idea what they would become.
But in just a matter of days - hours, even - they opened up into their full glory.
I wish I had a garden full of these, but for now, I'm content to do with the occasional pleasure brought home from the store.
It really is the little things that brighten our days.