Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ has barely even ankle high flowers that are a muddy mix of pale blue, cream and yellow. It can be identified by the unusual colour, and the beautiful veins on the falls. Blue stripes radiate from a yellow blotch that is spotted blue. Three standards (upper petals) are striped and veined too.
Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ is a sun-loving reticulata type of iris, often grown in pots on a patio. This delicate-looking dwarf iris has been a feature of every winter garden I’ve visited in the UK. It’s a clump forming type, which means it multiplies readily, but often seems in need of splitting.
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These don’t seem to have taken any harm from their shower.
It’s certainly lovely and I like the way you have photographed the blooms from above too.
Good to see these. Those in pots on our patio were destroyed by recent storms.
Oh dear. It’s been wild and windy up here today.
Gosh. Iris. Already? So pretty.
I haven’t seen them up here yet, but I might not have been getting out enough. 🙂
None of us has ….
So pretty. I’ve tried growing them in the garden without success, but perhaps I will try them in pots next year – I love the delicate color.
That greyish tint gives them a sophisticated air.
Beautiful. But why do you say muddy? What’s the other Iris reticulata that’s a darker blue?
The colours are not as clear as they perhaps appear here. The dark blue one wasn’t labelled. Two guesses are Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’ or ‘Fabiola’.
They are so pretty! ♥
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