An Iris that looks like a Tibetan terrier?

The trouble with some plants is they shyly make themselves impossible to photograph, and this one, Iris germanica Vigilante, slyly squatting in Mike Loftus’s iris field, is one such.  Hiding its eyes beneath a fringe, or droopy standards (to get the argot) and all this talk of beards , I’m definitely put in mind of…

Victorianarama at Chelsea

Victorian influences will converge at the Chelsea Flower Show next week.  The Royal Horticultural Society was given its charter by Prince Albert in 1861.  The forerunner of Chelsea,  the Great Spring Show, was held that year  in Kensington Gardens.  Shows and exhibitions were massively popular and the public flocked to gaze at the latest wonder…