A bit of a record shot. This is the first flower on the Yellow Flag Iris clump in the "bog garden". Soon after we moved in years ago it became clear a part of the garden on the north side would always be damp. So rather than fight it we decided to make it wetter, we dug out a hole almost big enough to be a pond, lined it and then filled it in. This keeps the ground nicely damp. Being on the north side the area is shady.
These native Flag Iris scrounged from a wet and wild part of a friends garden do extremely well under the conditions. as a species it is widespread throughout the British Isles and features a lot in our memories of last years holiday in the western isles of Scotland.