Blue Iris was photographed by Colin in Stanley Park -
situated close to Stokes Bay seafront, it is Gosport's
largest formal park and is well known for it's colourful
flowers and enjoyed by locals during the summer months as they
play games and have family picnics.
Gosport borough council's website the gardens are believed to
have been designed by Sir Joseph Paxton who is perhaps better
known for designing the Crystal Palace for the Great
Exhibition of 1851.
The grounds at Stanley Park were
originally split between two separate properties: Lord
Ashburton's "Asburton House" (later renamed as "Bay House" and
now part of Bay House School, and the author John Coker's
"Alver House" (now known as the Alverbank Hotel).
of both properties were sold to Gosport Borough Council and
1943 and became the temporary base to the Royal Engineers for
the duration of the war. Bay House School opened in 1949 and
the rest of the grounds later became the Stanley Park we know
Several authors say that the name Iris is a
reference to the wide variety of colours found among this
species with it's showy flowers, and is taken from the Greek
word for a rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek
Goddess of the Rainbow.