It’s pretty busy here right now. This may sound strange at a time when we are all in lockdown, but I am juggling my work on the magazine and the box, and also tending the garden at this, the most intense moment on the gardening calendar.
It appears that nature is smiling at us during the confinement period. So far the plants have been particularly generous, and I’m hoping that will continue to be true as we head towards the rose season.
But for now I am slightly obsessed with my irises.
I never used to pay much attention to irises, but that has changed. I simply love their perfume, their intense colours, and the huge variety of size and hue. Irises are easy to grow here. Once the first rhizomes are planted, they will self propagate each year, until you find them too invasive and they need to be split and relocated, which only happens every 5 or 6 years.
I put together this arrangement today. With a few days of rain forecast, I had no qualms in bringing inside the first crimson peonies, and decided to go for a dark powerful bouquet, mixing rich mauves, reds and deep purple. I also used some rhododendron, which is a first for me. To my surprise they are surviving quite happily in the vase.
Besides the rhodoendron you can also see hawthorn branches, bronze hazelnut, peonies, aquilegia and of course irises.
I hope you like these flowers. I’d love to know if you have irises in your garden too, and how you like to associate them with other plants.