In my ongoing struggle to decide what is a weed, what is edible and what everything should be called on the farm, I spent a bit of time trying to identify this beauty. Not because I was in doubt (it clearly isn’t a weed) or hopeful (it obviously isn’t food) but just because it’s pretty. It appeared one day along the path to the front door. I have a funny suspicion that there are a bunch more of these flowers planted in the same bed so I’m anticipating quite the welcome home from this part of my garden.
Back to that struggle with identification. I confirmed that this is an Iris (hooray, that at least I got right). It seems to be a fringed or crested (or maybe frilled or lace) iris. And it’s definitely either an Evansia Iris or an Iris Japonica – or, quite possibly both. And it comes from Japan.
Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing? In just a few minutes I discovered all of this really fascinating stuff about a little flower in my front garden. Of course none of that is of any real value, but that doesn’t make it less interesting (to me and no one else – sorry).