The Slope on Thursday and summer has arrived!

Spring never really warmed up in the way it has done in other years.  The evenings remained cool and mornings fresh.  This week has been the first time when I have gone out into the garden in the morning with just a T-shirt rather than a fleece, and a long sleeved-fleece at that! Continue reading

Irises and Iris combinations

I didn’t grow Irises when I lived in England and when I saw them I found them rather over the top with their, often, strange mix of colours. After moving to Italy and finding that they really thrive in my hot dry garden I have learned to appreciate them more, love them in fact. Continue reading

Iris in the garden

When I lived in the UK I never grew Bearded Irises, now they have become one of my favourite flowers.  Partly because they love the climate here and my very free draining soil in particular, they form clumps of colour very quickly.  I also enjoy the strong form of the foliage, perfectly making a strong full stop when planted next to more softly rounded forms.

This Dutch Iris has been flowering for a while

This Dutch Iris has been flowering for a while

This is a real beauty, it came from a friend when he thought he was giving me a different variety

This is a real beauty, it came from a friend when he thought he was giving me a different variety

I've decided on a new place for this clump, I want to put them in the Large Island in front of Phlomis

I’ve decided on a new place for this clump, I want to put them in the Large Island in front of Phlomis

Looks like velvet in close-up

Looks like velvet in close-up

Pride of Kent came from the same friend when I first had this garden

Pride of Kent came from the same friend when I first had this garden

This was an unknown quantity from a plant swap - rather nice.  When it has made a clump I'll move it from the slope

This was an unknown quantity from a plant swap – rather nice. When it has made a clump I’ll move it from the slope

I bought some new varieties when I visited Courson last autumn and am pleased to see that they are producing strong flower spikes in their first year.

Iris Dear Jean, planted close to Rosa Molineux, almost exactly the same colour

Iris Grand Canari, planted close to Rosa Molineux, almost exactly the same colour

Iris 'Immortality', a lovely pure white

Iris ‘Immortality’, a lovely pure white from a local supplier

Iris Jane Philips - not shown well here, it is a very pure pale blue

Iris Jane Philips – not shown well here, it is a very pure pale blue

It’s now raining too hard to take any more photographs, so I’ll post the rest tomorrow.