When I was passing the dining room window a few minutes ago, I noticed a bit of purple on the alpine scree, straight away I knew what it must be – Iris reticulata Pauline was flowering!
In the 20 odd years that these bulbs have been in the garden, this is the earliest that they have ever flowered, not surprising when you consider the mild weather we are having.
It is pouring down today so wet weather gear was needed to take just a few photos!
The colour isn’t reproducing accurately unfortunately, the flower is more of a burgundy than the photos are showing.
I have a few different varieties of Iris reticulata, but Pauline is always the first to flower. I can see another bud almost ready to open down at the bottom of the photo.
These Iris are so dainty, with beautiful markings on their petals, I love them all. I have planted a lot more on a sunny slope in the woodland, so if the rain stops I must go and see if any more are flowering. I managed to get lots of these bulbs which I have put into bowls and a few lucky people will be getting them for Christmas, they make such lovely presents.
Have you planted up any bulbs up to give away this Christmas ?