Dry August

It’s dry, dry dry here, in spite of the fact that we’ve had more rain this summer than usual and the temperatures have only soared beyond 38 degrees centigrade on one day. However, I nipped off this page to do a temperature double-check and found a frightening news item (posted a day ago), asking if … Continue reading Dry August

A tale of two roses

About two weeks ago the BV (Bon Viveur, alias my husband) informed me after his morning walk around the garden that rose ‘Ferdinand Pichard’ looked exactly the same as ‘Rosa Mundi’ (also known as Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’). They are streets apart in looks and history, but it got me thinking. So here’s the Fair Rosamund … Continue reading A tale of two roses

Rāhui Day 55

Here’s a little race around the roses just beginning to flower in the garden. Since I succesfully uploaded all the pics yesterday afternoon, I decided to go for it in one shot. Tomorrow is my last day, and I still have (happily), three pictures up my sleeve. Flowering in the Iris Garden, ‘Blairii No. 2’ … Continue reading Rāhui Day 55

Rāhui Day 54

I’m nearly there … the last of the irises and then, in the next two days, the first of the roses. Hopefully we won’t be severed completely from the internet before then! Iris ‘Alizes’ is flowering full-on now. Iris ‘Comme un Oeuf’ is a rather frilly version of an egg. I like it! Iris ‘Ciel … Continue reading Rāhui Day 54

Rāhui Day 53

It’s VE day in Europe – the 75th anniversary of the liberation of France (with heart-felt thanks to Americans, Canadians & Australians, everywhere). I should be marching around with my 63-year-old eyes and playing the ‘Marseillaise’ on my flute (using a miniscule music stand on my arm, with tiny, tiny little notes that I can … Continue reading Rāhui Day 53

Rāhui Day 52

More about the irises – I’m probably going to do this in two parts, today and tomorrow, because the internet is so very slow at the moment. Or could it be WordPress, taking an eternity to upload my pictures from the computer? Anyway – first the ‘old’ irises that have begun to flower in the … Continue reading Rāhui Day 52