This is the trellis at the south end of the big perennial bed on April 23rd, when 'Cl. Old Blush' was the main star of the show and the iris and baptisia were just tuning up.
Not as many iris are blooming as I had hoped, but I have been pushing them with compost and water the last 2-3 weeks. Now I am seeing more buds, so perhaps the persuasion worked. I think most are going to be the old faithfuls, Eva's White and Jesse's Song.
Hubricht's Blue Star has never looked this good before in bloom. Usually I impatiently wait for its flowers to be gone, they were so insignificant compared to the billowing graceful foliage, but this year the flowers are beautiful.
I have been working like a gardening demon in this bed dividing, underplanting, weeding, composting, watering, seeding... one day perhaps my ultimate vision for this bed will come to fruition, but currently there are things that shine and make up for the gaps. They fill me with joy.