Heavy rain and wind last night and on and off today, with another storm blowing in as I write. They will definitely spell the end of this swath of iris which as been an spot of electric color visible from the living room windows all week.
We planted the ajuga to be a flowing line of blue across the edge of the deck and the pond where it would meet up with this little iris. But ajuga has a mind of its own; the area where it was originally planted is bare while it keeps appearing further and further away. These days it's edging the waterful, mimicking the motion of the stream.