Day 58: Iris reticulata

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


The first proper flash of blue in the year –  before the Boraginaceae Boys put in an appearance in the guise of pulmonarias and forget-me-nots – Iris reticulata has to be one of the highlights of February. Small in stature – four to six inches at the outside – the depth of the colour is like nothing we’ve seen for months and serves as a mouthwatering appetiser for spring delights to come. Plant in beds, alpine troughs, or (my favourite) shallow terracotta bowls topped with a cushion of moss, to bring into the house and sit on the desk while you’re working.  

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