My little south facing city garden should have been an ideal place for Iris, but from late April to November it was plunged into deep shade by a neighbouring Copper Beech tree. Over the years flowers refused to bloom, even the grass refused to grow due to the low light and the inhibitive “Beech drip”. The spring garden was always lovely but summer a time of disappointment.

Bringing many cuttings to the new garden I’m delighted that, finally, there are lots of Iris including I. sibirica which has refused to flower for 15, yes, 15 years! The pale blue one is from my mum’s garden, the burgundy one from a neighbour and I have no idea where the other came from but marvelling at their exquisite beauty.