My goal last fall, until now, was for the irises to establish in this location. They look good. So now, some minor maintenance, nurturing, and puttering from time to time, and hope for a more lavish display next year. I feel fortunate that some of the Spring planted irises did indeed bloom, or will, so I get a taste of things to come.
The little blu-ish iris is Her Majesty. It's not as blue in person, but bluer than the catalog color. Effect of soil pH? Climate?
I also planted herbs from other locations. Chives, oregano. Areas the will have irises later, I planted with swiss chard and carrots. I planted the edges with sweet alyssum seeds.
Night Hawk. Also a mild sweet fragrance. Not a heritage variety, but I liked it. This iris did fall over in the rain. So I staked it for support. The color on my computer looks true to the flower.
Bumblebees have been exploring these flowers. I didn't see any honeybees in them.