iris foetidissima

iris foetidissima and hydrangea petiolaris

I was surprised to see this iris flower today. It self-seeded and I hadn't even noticed the plant until it bloomed. But what a boring flower. It's brown! These iris foetidissima have a way of blending into the background and being completely unnoticed - until the seed pods burst open to reveal bright orange seeds. Their other redeeming quality is that they'll grow and bloom anywhere, sun or shade; tough as old boots.

iris foetidissima

This hydrangea is also pretty tough and doing well in semi-shade.

hydrangea petiolaris

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