For the record, I was at first 'bummed' about the iris' short blooming season, but a few things have changed my mind. First, by growing enough variety, something is in bloom from February through June and sometimes rebloomers come back in November. Secondly, by taking lots of photos I can keep enjoying the season especially during the cold, wet winter months. And finally, the protracted wait between bloom seasons just makes the event that much more special: 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'!
One last thought- tulip season is the best, because once the tulips 'kick off' the beginning of spring color I know the iris are close behind!