My aunt has lovely flag irises in her garden and she was kind enough to give me a few pieces. I wasn’t expecting them to flower this year - I thought it might take them a while to settle in. However, this one has surprised me and it’s absolutely stunning!
The rare double form of the wild flag iris, strange, sterile, hardly beautiful. I've always been attracted to the iris, amaryllis and lily families of plants, with their flowers based on triads of parts - outer petals, inner petals, anthers, ovaries, and the infinite beauties that such a simple scheme can engender. At the margins are the doubles... tulips, daffodils, lilies, hyacinths, daylily, amaryllis and so on. Amongst the irids, this is the only double iris I know. Are there more?
Just a couple of Leaf-Footed Bugs hanging around on some Flag Irises. There were nymphs as well, just not on this flower. Luckily, I don’t think Leaf-Footed Bugs give nasty bites like their Assassin Bug cousins.