Powys iris grower wins gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show
An iris grower from mid Wales has scooped a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Claire Austin has 500 varieties of irises on land in Sarn, near Newtown, Powys.
Her gold medal for her display of 3ft-high (1m) bearded irises is her second success at Chelsea following her first gold award in 2010.
Mrs Austin's garden is also in the Best of British section of Chelsea's Great Pavilion in London.
Mrs Austin's win comes after a four-year break from the competition due to moving her whole collection of blooms 40 miles from Shropshire to Powys.
Her garden at Chelsea features a formal courtyard garden design with four gravel paths that divide four iris borders and lead to a central olive tree.
Mrs Austin told Wales Online: "I have been away from Chelsea for four years, so to return after a tricky growing season with gold is wonderful.
"The weather has been very changeable this year.
"The conditions at our new nursery have been colder and wetter this winter than we were used to.
"So preparing the irises to flower perfection for Chelsea has been quite a challenge.
"But I was pleased that my 40 different varieties of blousy bearded irises, each one in perfect bloom, won gold."