This is a volunteer, but very welcome.
The iris bed was rather battered by the winds, and many of the stems were bent over. The brave little irises, undeterred, lifted up their heads and bloomed on.
Two of the climbing roses in the yard are 'oldie but goodie' New Dawn roses. The repeat-blooming, fragrant climbers have truly lethal thorns, but are so beautiful and adaptable that I consider them worth it. I had to tear out a lot of honeysuckle this spring....really got ripped to shreds trying to reach in among the canes. Ow, ow, ow.
The heavy rains stripped the petals from the early-blooming Mier y Teran roses, but these are putting on quite a show.
Next week: Shasta daisies.