What a difference one day makes, and here is the proof. The iris buds have opened to reveal the most beautiful deep purple flowers with splashes of yellow at the base of the outer petals.
The other amazing thing about these bulbs was that they were an absolute bargain at a pound shop - only £1.00 for 25 bulbs. Not all of them will flower, but most have produced leaves and several have produced flower stems, so I am very happy.
I also have more courgettes on the way and a few more beans too (although the slugs and snails are turning the leaves into stumps), so all in all, my vegetable growing hasn't been a total disaster.