Walking around the lower lake, I was suddenly struck by a sweet scent.
As there was nothing in blossom around me, I realized that the scent was from a little group of shy Iris. This flower is just amazing. Iris pseudacorus, one of our English natives, is a perennial perfect for the pond edge. It can reach 1m – 1.5m high and can become quite a dense cluster of scented yellow flowers. They need a very wet soil (shallow water is better) and prefer a sunny position.
Mixed with Carex, Juncus (Blue rush), or Typha (reed) you can create a wet ecosystem which is a wonderfully rich habitat for frogs and insects such as dragonflies.
Words and photographs by Martin