This morning I discovered that Charlie Burrell and Amy Nightingale had opened the Sussex iris season with an equal first Emperor during a short visit to the Knepp Castle Estate Southern Block on 21st June.
It didn't take me long to chalk up my personal first today, after only five minutes wait (10.15 am). By 6.00 pm I had seen 18 different males, with numerous chasing pairs, one clash of 3, one attack on an unspecified passerine and just one brief grounding.
Expect plenty of fireworks here. Knepp has a very bright and Purple future.