Two weeks of rain. . .

June showers evidently bring slugs, and mildew. And mosquitoes. We have a fair chance of discovering what July showers bring at this point – there’s a 30% chance of rainin the  forecast every day, for the next two weeks. We could have a solid month where it rained at least part of every day – at which point our decades-long drought better well be over.

The Blue Angel hosta is growing to its full potential for the first time. 4′ tall and 6′ wide, it is threatening the astilbe to one side and the Japanese iris to the other – both of which are fighting back with their own record breaking performances.

blue-angelI took these pictures at 7:30 p.m. The cloud cover is so thick that we’ve had fairly consistent light since the sun rose at 4:49 a.m. Civil twilight isn’t until 8:57, for a full 16 hr, 45 minutes of visible light. I could easily be working outside now, at 8:45, and the thrush is singing in the tall trees at the edge of the garden. Tomorrow’s light will be shorter by 18 secs and the long slide toward Christmas begins again.

The Hansa rose was full of bees in the evening, making up for lost time.

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