Today’s images were taken from the north west and north east garden areas. I couldn’t get them in the order I wanted so imagine being enchanted by the flowering clematis montana ‘grandiflora’ as seen from the sun room. Enticed outside, I looked over the deck to the gardens below. The yellow and blue iris are the show-offs in that area today. Researching the Latin name for the yellow flag I discovered that “other names for yellow flag are yellow iris, yellow flag iris, segg and Jacob’s sword. The word segg comes from the Anglo-Saxon word sedgewhich is a short sword. The leaves of this plant looks like swords, hence the name. Yellow flag is thought to be the plant on which the heraldic “fleur-de-lis” was based. This wildflower grows throughout the Western Isles by streams, rivers, in wet meadow areas and near houses. Yellow flag flowers early in the year in May, and is a very useful food source to the early emerging bees” This information from www.thewesternisles.co.uk/…/yellow-flag.htm. Imagine that! Note: Do Not plant in wetland area as iris psuedacorus is a prohibited invasive plant. Use the non-invasive white sibirian or a yellow german iris. I plan to remove this plant and replace with yellow german iris.
In the front gardens, several varieties of Iris germanica are stealing the show as well. A purple version harmonizes well with the chartreuse Alchemilla mollis or Lady’s mantle shown in the close-up. The overall photo illustrates how it plays with the others.