Painted lady Posted on January 28, 2014

I. reticulata has passed though many hands, with many selections; this is apparently 'Pixie'.

Iris reticulata flowers two weeks after I. danfordiae – given identical conditions in the greenhouse. It has quite a different character though: a lady in party finery compared with a cheerful country girl. In the house her scent is quite different, too: more elusive, less nocturnal, delicate and piercing like a violet’s.

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Sitting in the Shade

This is the third anthology of Trad’s Diary, cherry-picking the past ten years. The previous two covered the years 1975…

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World Atlas of Wine 8th edition

I started work on The World Atlas of Wine almost 50 years ago, in 1970. After four editions, at six-year…

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