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 41

Everywhere the irises are starting to flower. (There’s even two roses unfurling – unheard of in April, apart from Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’). On the Vine Terrace … In the Iris Garden … here you may notice that (after 41 days without rain), we had 2 hours of gentle rain this morning between 7 and 9am. … Continue reading Rāhui Day 41

Rāhui Day 38

Walking down from the Mirror Garden yesterday morning, doing my daily temperature checks over my three thermometers. Stopping at the Vine Terrace. The two vines are leafing out, but there’s not enough shade to sit there yet until it’s cooler in the evening. Then by way of the Iris Garden where all the irises have … Continue reading Rāhui Day 38

Rāhui Day 33

After the wild irises on the rampart walls, the next to flower is ‘Langport Storm’. Here it is a few years ago after a nice April shower (bring it on!). It seems to me that the colour was more intense that year. This is our 34th day without rain: I wonder if the drought will … Continue reading Rāhui Day 33