Note to self: plant more of these for next year amongst the grasses.
I really discovered Dutch Irises a few years ago but last year the penny dropped that you really need to plant them amongst grasses or grassy looking plants which will support the flowers but also hide the long stems. Whilst the whites, yellows and blues are nice I just adore the colours and tones on this variety, they light up the border in a most elegant way.
I have re-introduced Lupins in the garden this year having not grown them for years mainly because of the tatty state of the leaves as the flowers fade. I had forgotten how beautiful the young fresh leaves can be and what an interesting addition they make to the border. I am also really pleased with the colour of the flowers as they were an impulse buy at the local garden centre back in the Spring when I was looking for some strong colours for the borders.
Last year I became quite obsessed when visiting a nearby garden with the large block of poppies that were about to open. I just love the hairs on the buds especially when they are back-lit.