The weathermen got this afternoon's forecast wondrously wrong - it was very sunny in Savernake, though horribly windy. On the debit side, iris adults can be knocked out by strong winds - as happened in 2001, 2005 and 2007, and may well happen now.
Savernake put on an interesting if eclectic show (13 males and one brief sighting of Herself). However, only the most sheltered territories were occupied, with the most favoured territory (the Dead Beech Glade) being unoccupied for the first time since it was discovered in 2002. Males were still coming down to the ride surfaces, and my car (which is rendered Highly Attractive in season...). Two males were also seen feeding on The Column, an C18th excrescence erected in praise of God and King George 3rd. One favoured the inscription, which sadly is not in Latin and does not contain a quote from the great C18th poet James Thomson (or James Thomfon), as illustrated.