Thanks to two different friends we have these lovelies blooming right now. The flowers on the left are Japanese roof iris; when we moved plants back to Texas from Arkansas, we forgot a start of these and Micki, a dear former neighbor there sent me some plant divisions. We cherish both the friend and the flowers very much. The other flowers, Louisiana wild phlox, came as a start from our friend Julie. They are beautiful and resilient, much like our friend, and she is always in our thoughts but particularly when these are blooming. They say a gardener spends three years acquiring plants and the rest of their life giving them away. We just know that the best plants are those that come from friends.