Pix says Irises are right up there as her favourite flowers.
I like them too, but have always had a heck of a time growing them. I've planted more irises than I can count, but they always whither and die.
Then, a while back the gardener at the local golf course (my mom's favourite haunt) sent me an iris root that she'd split. Truth is, I was pretty sure I'd kill it too, but I took the chance and stuck it in the ground by the dog pen. This one lived.
I'm going to have to stop in to thank that gardener again - she's a good source for plants!