Saturday, June 21, 2014

Irises at Dawdon

This rather lovely iris, which I think is probably an old Iris spuria hybrid (not the typical I.spuria which is blue), is growing on the site of the old colliery at Dawdon on the Durham coast. There's a second plant growing on the cliffs nearby. 























It's tempting to speculate that these plants are survivors from the gardens of the old terraced colliery houses, which were demolished along with the colliery many years ago. The site is now open limestone grassland, covered with wild flowers.




































To see some pictures of another unusual garden escape iris, Iris sibirica, on sand dunes on the Northumberland coast, click here

4 comments:

  1. Such beautiful wild irises. All the irises I have seen in the Himalayas were purple.

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    1. I think you have many more species than we do, lotusleaf

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  2. Love the photos of the Iris, we get plenty of Yelloe Iris at the park.
    Saw this Gall on a Hawthorn tree and thought of you, having trouble with ID, not sure if it's Fungi or Insect, if you could take a look. On The quiet walker post called show and tell. Thanks.
    Amanda xx

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    1. I've got some yellow flag iris in my garden pond - they spread very quickly!

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