Val Bourne describes these beauties thus: "As subtle as a hand-painted paperweight. This early dwarf iris needs close inspection if you are to enjoy the silver-blue petals streaked, veined and spotted in sea-green and yellow."
What I hadn't considered was the draining effect of the hoggin on this delicately coloured Iris. I need a darker backdrop to properly show the beauty of these petals; hoggin just won't do. Elsewhere in the kitchen garden I threw in some vibrant purple Iris from a B&Q multi-pack that looked stunning last month against the deeply manured and enriched soil, and which would look even better against my hoggin-topped steps. Katharine needs an autumn move into the beds, I'm afraid, to give the backdrop these Iris really deserve.