A flower that is quite common around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the Gladiolus communis subsp. Byzantium better known as ‘Whistling Jack’ or the ‘Sword lily’. It is a relic of the Scilly bulb fields and is extensively naturalised where there is little frost. It flowers from May to July.
You can buy bulbs for the garden but beware you might not actually get the true bulb. Perfect for bridging the gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the summer perennials it bears spikes of funnel-shaped flowers in the most intense magenta pink.
This is my last photo for Dawn’s Festival of Spring which was in celebration of this season.