Category Archives: Plant focus

Bearded Iris

Claire Austin's National Collection of Bearded Irises, overlooked by her home in the Welsh hills - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Claire Austin’s National Collection of Bearded Irises, overlooked by her home in the Welsh hills – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Come early summer, dawn breaks over Claire Austin’s nurserylands to reveal countless bearded irises in a rainbow of scintillating shades and glorious colour combinations.

Iris 'Carnaby, a tall, lightly scented bearded iris with peach-pink standards above rose-purple falls, with paler edges and bright orange beards. Flowers in June - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Iris ‘Carnaby, a tall, lightly scented bearded iris with peach-pink standards above rose-purple falls, with paler edges and bright orange beards. Flowers in June – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

‘Not so long ago, bearded iris flowers were restricted to blues, white or purples, with a few yellows thrown in, but today, as a result of hybridising, they come in almost every colour, except true red and black,’ says Claire who holds a National Collection of more than 500 bearded irises at her nursery in mid Wales, within sight of the Shropshire hills.

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Tulips


This beautiful selection of tulips shows just some of the massive variety of these well loved spring bulbs. Flowers that brighten up any container or garden time and time again.

We take tulips for granted. For many they are the iconic spring flower, and they come in many shapes and colours. This stunning series of close-up plant portraits shows them at their finest.

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Tulip Time at Little Larford Cottage

Tulips at Little Larford Cottage, Worcestershire - GAP Photos

Tulips at Little Larford Cottage, Worcestershire – GAP Photos

A glorious display of Tulips and Spring bedding surrounding a thatched cottage in a woodland setting.

This magnificent hillside garden, created by Derek and Lin Walker, is filled with thousands of tulips in Spring. A plethora of tulip varieties and colour line the driveway and gravel paths that lead to the quintessentially English thatched cottage.

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