Some of the best days are those in which a new seedling, species, etc. flowers, fruits, or does something unique for the first time. This has been happening quite a bit in my orchid collection over the past year, but now something new and different makes an appearance for the first time.
I received seed of Iris atropurpurea x Iris haynei from SIGNA (Species Iris Group of North America) in early 2009. Only 2 of 5 seeds germinated and the seedlings are polar opposites. This pictured specimen is large and grows vigorously, while the other is more diminutive, slower growing, and yet to flower.
Here are pictures taken in in more overcast conditions. This seems to highlight the somber coloring of the flowers.