Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, and the messenger of the gods. She was the goddess of the sea and skies, and as the rainbow arcs from the sky to the sea, she was believed to replenish the rain clouds with water from the sea.
Probably the most beautiful iris of them all is the bearded iris. My daughter has taken quite an interest in these beauties and has given me some as well. The following pictures were taken in her garden over the last couple of weeks. I don't know the names of these lovelies; I just know that they take my breath away.
This one is in my front yard.