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

Rāhui Day 51

These are pictures from the second, most recently created, part of the garden. I call it the ‘Hornbeam Gardens’, because I planted hornbeam hedges in 2015 to make two garden ‘rooms’. The top is a cut flower garden, the bottom is a spring shrub garden and ‘meadow’ later on. The pictures are from the ‘meadow’ … Continue reading Rāhui Day 51

Rāhui Day 50

I had grand plans for posting pictures of the lower Hornbeam Gardens today (the second newest part of the garden). However the internet connexion is so horrendous, that I’m contenting myself with a couple of pictures of my little woodland corner. Everything is beginning to go very green in there – bluebells, daffodils and lily … Continue reading Rāhui Day 50

Rāhui Day 49

A week today I’m going to stop doing these daily posts. France will slowly be coming out of confinement from the 11th of May (next Monday). They’ve created a regional map. The areas called ‘green’ – least badly hit by Covid-19 – will experience (we imagine) a relaxation of the regulations then. Unfortunately in the … Continue reading Rāhui Day 49

Rāhui Day 47

The Rose Walk is beginning to look decidedly grey, purple and blue, as it always does just before the roses flower. The grey comes from Stachys lanata and Nepeta x faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’ (what a shame it always flops in the middle, just before flowering!). This year I’ve high hopes for a white-flowered valerian … Continue reading Rāhui Day 47

Rāhui Day 46

I can’t quite get my head around this. Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ was flowering in April (as it should) and is still flowering. Normally ‘Blairii No.2’ is the next to flower, but not until mid to end of May. It is already starting to flower – so much so that one bloom is at the ‘over … Continue reading Rāhui Day 46