Who doesn’t love the curvaceous curves of the bearded Iris – bees find it irresistible, they are available in so many colours and were a great favourite with the garden designers at Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Bearded Iris

I didn’t get round to planting these bulbs until after Christmas, so they are only just beginning to flower. This is a delicate, miniature iris, small, but beautifully formed with velvety petals and striking markings.

Iris reticulata