‘La Meije’ is the Cayeux version of ‘Queen’s Circle’ one of my all time favourite iris, ever since I first saw it at Schreiner’s in Oregon. Although it is sometimes described as not being terribly exciting in colouring the good habit and number of buds makes ‘Queen’s Circle’ a great iris and, for some reason, I really love the colouring. ‘La Meije’ is a little more subtle in its colouring though my photos exaggerate this a bit because, apart from the bud, above, the flowers are a couple of days old and battered by wind – the blue rim to the falls is more intense when they first open.
It is named after a mountain in the French Alps and grows to 90cm. It is a robust grower and has done well in the garden.
8/10 – I wish it didn’t fade so much