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Old 10th June 2017, 05:19 PM
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Default Vaguely related to mowing the lawn...

I keep seeing these fans of blade-like leaves appearing in my lawn, they just get mowed assuming it's a weed.
But this year there are loads more and I've let several grow and flower. Looks like some sort of Iris.
Anyone who is more of a gardener than me (i.e. anyone at all!) know what they are?
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Old 10th June 2017, 05:21 PM
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I keep seeing these fans of blade-like leaves appearing in my lawn, they just get mowed assuming it's a weed.
But this year there are loads more and I've let several grow and flower. Looks like some sort of Iris.
Anyone who is more of a gardener than me (i.e. anyone at all!) know what they are?
Looks like a young Triffid to me
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Old 10th June 2017, 05:38 PM
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HP, I did a Google Image search for you using your photo ....












Apparently it's something called a 'flower'. More info on Wiki here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flower


Hope that helps!

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Old 10th June 2017, 07:26 PM
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Have you thought of replacing Monty Don on Gardener's World, Mark? You seem to have a good feel for this...
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Old 10th June 2017, 08:11 PM
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Monty who!? Never heard of him.

I think the closest I've come to watching a gardening show was watching Bill and Ben, the Flower Pot Men as a child. If there's one thing that show taught me, it's that there are two types of plants; flowers and "weeeeeeeeds". Admittedly, I'm still not sure how you tell them apart, other than to gauge a lady's reaction as you give her a bunch of either. However, I think a safer indicator is price: If they were free, they're probably weeds; if they cost 60 quid a bunch, they're probably flowers.

Anyway, gardens are for parking your cars on. If you want to see some grass, go for a drive in the countryside.

Somewhat ironically, despite my complete ignorance of all things horticultural, two of my biggest customers are garden centres.
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Looks like a young Triffid to me
Or, on a more serious note, they could be water irises - I saw loads of these today whilst walking in Delamere Forest. All of the ones I saw were - as the name might suggest - on the edge of the water/meres/marshy ground: not sure if that applies to yours though, given that you've said they're on the lawn?
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Or, on a more serious note, they could be water irises - I saw loads of these today whilst walking in Delamere Forest. All of the ones I saw were - as the name might suggest - on the edge of the water/meres/marshy ground: not sure if that applies to yours though, given that you've said they're on the lawn?
The RHS book states that they are "suitable for borders, rock gardens, woodlands, watersides, bog gardens". Some actually prefer "sunny well drained sites". So its very dependent on the variety.
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Back on topic at last.
Yes, I'd presumed they were irises and our garden is quite damp despite sloping fairly steeply (we think there's a spring somewhere). We have a large thriving weeping willow in the centre!

What is odd is the colouration which is the reverse of most varieties. These have yellow/cream petals with darker purplish brown centres.
Typical colouration has darker tips and light/yellow centres.
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Apparently it is a dwarf iris, and remarkable to have survived being regularly mowed
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