The Old Forge (Sunday 1st October 2017)

The irises around my pond give such good value: beautiful flowers followed by these startling capsules, and this year they have been especially abundant.

Iris foetidissima (Stinking Iris, Gladdon, Gladwin Iris, Roast-beef Plant, Stinking Gladwin), is a species of Iris found in open woodland, hedgebanks and sea-cliffs.

Its natural range is Western Europe, including England south of Durham and also Ireland, and from France south and east to N. Africa, Italy and Greece.

It is one of two iris species native to Britain, the other being the Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus). Its flowers are usually of a dull, leaden-blue colour, or dull buff-yellow tinged with blue; the capsules, which remain attached to the plant throughout the winter, are 5-8 cm long; and the seeds scarlet.

It is known as "stinking" because some people find the smell of its leaves unpleasant when crushed or bruised, an odour that has been described as "beefy".

This plant is cultivated in gardens in the temperate zones. Both the species and its cultivar 'Variegata' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. - Wikipedia

2.10.2017 (2111 hr)

Blip #2241 (#2491 including 250 archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #023
Blips/Extras In 2017 #307
Day #2746 (523 gaps from 26 March 2010)
LOTD #1476 (#1602 including 126 on archived blips)

Iris series
Autumn series
Old Forge series
Gardens series

Taken with Pentax K-50 (Red) and Pentax HD P-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens

Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Everything But The Girl - Corcovado (1996)
Music video part of the RED HOT + RIO TV Special produced by The Red Hot Organization & MTV Brasi.
Today's choice from the Cerys Matthews Show, coming from the Contains Strong Language poetry festival in Hull.

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The Old Forge (Brambles)

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