This morning Tigger pointed out some odd flowers in our garden and I thought I’d share them with you. Our approach to flower gardening is somewhat haphazard and has benefited greatly from donations and things that self-seed. While there is some planning of colours, it hasn’t been that strict. That said, there are a couple of plants that seem to have come out of the blue, so to speak.
First up this one yellow iris in a patch of purple. Apologies for the light, the weather is a bit gloomy today.
Those purple irises came from my neighbour when her daughter-in-law was splitting hers a couple of years ago. I think Mat has now split the clump at least once, too, as we have them in two places in our garden. They are all that purple colour you see in the back (with lighter centres) except this one yellow one. I notice the purple ones do have a bit of yellow on them, so this seems a logical mutation. Quite pretty.
The second is this orange lupine.
Quite a nice colour actually, but I have no idea where it came from. We have planted both pink and purple lupine in the past and each year they self-seed and we just move the seedlings from where they are growing to where we want them (including giving them away to friends). These are the more common colour lupines in our garden.
Yes, those pink ones are in front of the compost. The trellis you can just see (with a round top) is to support a clematis that should hide the bins from view during the summer. I wonder if the orange is a mutation of this pink or if there was some cross pollination between the pink and purple (both are growing quite close together in the front garden).