A FLORAL detective story has ended with the suspect in custody.

When a member of the Bromyard in Bloom Committee mentioned the existence of an iris called Bromyard, committee secretary Gillian Churchill and husband Tom were determined to track it down.

Initial enquiries drew a blank, with the one grower listed on the RHS Plant Finder denying all knowledge.

But the plant was eventually tracked down 12 months later at the Chelsea Flower Show where Claire Austin Hardy Plants revealed that it was growing the Bromyard Iris in Shropshire.

The plant was given its name after John Taylor, who specialised in hybridising irises, gave a talk at Bromyard Gardening Club. It was his habit to name his hybrids after local groups where he spoke. The Bromyard Iris is one of 15 such local irises.