In a vase on Monday – Happy May Day

May day falls on a Monday this year (in Italy holidays are always on the actual day not a close-by Monday as in the UK.  But although it is a holiday I am busy trying to plant out as much as possible now that the sub-zero nighttime temperatures seem to have passed.  I have known for a few days what would be the predominant flower in my vase today. Continue reading

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Irises on May Day

Happy May Day everyone, here in Italy it is a holiday; all holidays are celebrated on the actual day rather than always on Monday as in the UK, this gives the opportunity for a ‘ponte’ (bridge) so that any holiday next to the weekend or even a Tuesday or Thursday give the chance of a few days holiday by only actually taking one day off as official holiday from work. 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

GBBD Summer at Last!

Until this past Monday, 10th June, the weather here in central Lazio as not been its usual sunny and warm self.  Then as the forecasters promised Tuesday the temperature has noticeably risen; the air feels warmer and the afternoon wind from the sea began to blow. Actually just a few moments ago when I was taking photographs there was a mini-whirlwind; I looked around and thought the sky was full of strange birds but instead it was hay that had just been cut from the field behind the house, moments later it passed through the garden lifting dropped petals high into the air, sorry I didn’t manage to get a clear image. Continue reading

More Irises and a correction

Here are some more of the Irises flowering at the moment in the garden.  I needed to check on the name of some of the ones I bought from Cayeux at Courson last autumn.  I incorrectly labelled one yesterday, I’ll go back and correct it and show it again here with the correct name.  When I checked on the Cayeux website I found about 15 warm tone yellow tall bearded iris so that although I knew the names of the ones I purchased it was still difficult to be sure that I was even sold the correct ones!

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

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

Above is the real Grand Canari. Below is the iris I featured yesterday and is Iris Dear Jean, sorry for the confusion.

Iris Dear Jean just unfurling

Iris Dear Jean just unfurling

Iris Dear Jean

Iris Dear Jean

Iris Dear Jean

Iris Dear Jean

Iris Chelsea Blue

Iris Chelsea Blue

Iris Chelsea Blue

Iris Chelsea Blue

The above is a real beauty; I can’t wait for this to increase.  At the moment it is in a bed near the vegetable garden, when there is a big enough clump I will plant somewhere much more prominent.

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel is in the large Island, it seems that I am putting a lot of my Irises there.

What’s flowering today in your garden?  Do you have any special treasures that you want to share?