May 21st – I adore flag irises. They are lovely yellow harbingers of summer, and when they appear at the margins of the canal I know the peak of the very best of seasons is upon us.
Unfortunately they give me appalling hay fever and consequent sneezing fits.
I tolerate them though, as you cannot avoid the waterways when everything is just so beautiful.
So if you see a cyclist with streaming eyes, sneezing his head off and cursing profusely, it could well be me enduring my love for flag irises…