A few days ago I noticed my cc was debited from a bulb supplier. I couldn’t remember ordering anything from them. I could only hope that the parcel arrived on my doorstep – and today it did. Fifteen somewhat expensive Louisiana Iris.

I have a vague memory now … of some time ago wrapped in chemo fog … getting a catalogue … thinking, “I mustn’t … but I will …”

Thing is, I really can’t remember what these are supposed to look like, and nothing came with the package to indicate, and the supplier’s website now no longer lists them and ‘Louisiana Iris’ covers a whole heap of sins.

Sooooo …. I am assuming bog iris and I am assuming either very dark blue or black, as these are really the only colours that would have tempted me.

As luck would have it I am currently working the bog garden (more weeding today, with the wellies on, this time), and so I popped them in close to the rotten meat arums (forget their name … dragon arums?) which are already poking their head up through the mulch. When the rotten meat arums flower they stink of, well, rotten meat. Quite oft-putting, but they are a stunning flower.

More weeding done, although not as much as yesterday, but I did get the several brambles out that have been bothering me and *ouch* yes they did sting me on their way out. But they’re gone, thank God.

I was distinctly amused today while reading my daily diet of trash online (the Daily Mail online) to see that the British (presumably) Food Standards Agency has come out and said organic is no more nutritious than the chemical, pesticide soaked stuff. They have decided this based purely on nutrition within each plant …. but they did not take into account all the pesticides and herbicides used on the vegetables (it amused me also the other day to find an online cleaning agency selling bottles of cleaner to get said pesticides and herbicides off your veggies), nor did they take into account the nutrition lost by the days if not weeks spent on road and shelf of the usual supermarket offerings, nor did they take into account that organic gardeners are more likely to grow heirloom vegetables that puts more store into taste and nutrition than the supermarket standards bred to look nice and store well (I bet the study focused on standard vegetables), and nor did it take into account the fact that organic food is distinctly better for the environment than industrial vegetables.

One can only assume the study was funded by Monsanto. ;)