Standing up well against the rain is one of my favourite iris. There is just one flower open so far but it has been standing there resolutely as it has been bashed and soaked. ‘Queen’s Circle’ is often described as not a particularly exciting flower but I think it is beautiful. Its many merits include lots of flowers and being a strong grower. A two or three year old clump of this iris is usually a real delight with lots of well placed flowers. For me it combines enough novelty and fanciness with great garden value and simple enough colouring to make a stand-out feature. Much as I love the rally fancy colours and patterns I have to admit that they do not always make impact-grabbers in the garden where their mixed colours look muddy from a distance.
It is a blue and white plicata Bred by Frederick Kerr and introduced in 2000. Its merits were slowly recognised and its awards are: HM 2002, Am 2004, Wister Medal 2006 and finally the ultimate accolade, the Dykes Medal in 2007.