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