Guess by now, even though this 'thing' refuses to open up, that everybody knows it is a Red Hot Poker. Teresa made a comment on the first post that it couldn't be a Red Hot Poker because Jimmy does not like them. She was correct that Jimmy does not like them, and I am fastly coming to the same conclusion. Not a pretty bloom up close. Will probably be moving them to a different location. Think they look better from a distance, and we planted them in the front flower bed just beyond the front door.
Sun is still refusing to shine, went out to capture this photo and decided to walk down to the bed of iris blooms, the rain started and I had to run for the house so I wouldn't ruin my camera. I did get back outside later and will share some of those photos soon.