These water irises do not have a very long bloom period, but they are lovely. After blooming the leaves add a nice vertical aspect to the pond.
I have the front garden weeded and watered. The lupines are mostly planted out in the front garden, this year. I must be diligent in keeping the daisies, grass and violets out of everything. I love my black bamboo but its getting to be a bully with its shoots popping up everywhere. I cut them off, now, as digging them up creates havoc in the garden beds. Dead heading is an ongoing process, too, of course. The lupines are all doing nicely and have grown considerably after getting out of their training pots. The blue grass that I moved is surviving nicely too. I used up a bag of the compost on these transplants, around the front. I put a lupine in the clay pot Tara left behind. This pot has a white achillea growing in it. I added compost and top soil to the pot and put this out in the front garden by the boxwood hedge. I also moved the little blue hosta back by the bench. I managed to get a transplant for each side of the bench. This transplant seems to be doing well, too. I did a bit of rock work to make a couple of stepping stones to get to the bench from the sundial circle rock surround. The thyme really does not like to be walked upon very much, so this will be another way to get to the bench.
I have chopped down the big plants in the woodland area and cleaned it up, watered it. There were thistles, bindweed, and that huge herb (angelica - maybe--it has lovely ferny leaves and smells rather like licorice). I transplanted Andy's Dougie tree out of its pot back there in the woodland. I took out a sumac tree that was hanging over the fence. I may not keep that Douglas Fir tree... although I could cut off the lower branches as it grows and just let it grow. So, I have a start on cleaning up the woodland. I refilled the pot that Dougie was in and transplanted an annual, Leptospernum. The plant is quite big and was a bargain at the Mr. Grocer store a few days ago. I moved this pot beside the door of the suite, so will have to be careful of watering it in this out of the way spot. The other big plastic pot has a borage in bloom and I have added a lupine to it. It lives on the back patio by the garage door. My big green compost bin is heaping full. They will come to empty it next week.
We had thunder and lightning storms the last couple of nights, but very little rain.