Echinops seems happy where it is in the front - no blooms yet though
The Eryngium has lots of buds which will soon turn a steely blue (Sea Holly):
And in case you think I have managed to get rid of all the grass - this is the grass at the front (very tall and sturdy!):
And at the back - also tall - a little more delicate looking though:
I found some mosquito larvae swimming in my little dish ponds yesterday so dumped out all the water, rinsed and added fresh water. This morning there were a few more of the little buggers so I dumped it out again and have left it to dry out (thus killing off any eggs and small larva!). Watch yours if you have any - the mosquitoes are breeding and West Nile Virus is still an issue!