Under the spell of a torpid heat wave it's hard to keep the focus sharp. But the garden is loving these tropical temperatures...
The day lilies are obviously happy amidst the raspberry suckers and grasses
that we're too heat-weary to pull.
Hummingbirds love this flower.
Bee balm or bergamot, that my knowledgeable Wally calls monarda didyma,
was used by the Oswego tribes of northeast upper state New York for a tisane,
the not-so-secret ingredient that the British came to add to their black tea,
inventing the wonderful Earl Grey tea.
I know, I know, you can find all this stuff in any seed catalogue, but it fascinates me that,
after the most bitter winter temperatures, this all comes back often stronger than before!
Angelica Arch Angelica is the king of the garden. I should have caught its magnificent green flowers covered in black butterflies a month ago, but even now these giant seed heads
on rosy hollow stalks amaze me. These babies can grow up to 8 feet high!
These lovely "weeds" grow all over the lawn like summer snow.
Why should we cut the grass anyway??
Don't these fuschias look like little fairies with their rosy heads and wings and their magenta dresses?
They have way too many feet, but then, what do we really know about them?
The cilantro has gone to seed, as has my cooking. Who can cook in this weather?
I love these little florets that I'm supposed to pluck if I want my cilantro to keep producing for me.
There are other little flowers that bloom...in the garden of my heart...
like this 4 month old...
who is honest and perfect in every way...
though she has no idea;
what a centrepoint of immaculate energyshe is.
This is a little watercolour done in drybrush technique
that I will put in my etsy shop in the next day or two.
I send my heart's wish for your comfort and joy.