I looked outside, through the glass door, and found Max asleep in the sun by the falling-over hollyhocks. Must be July.
‘Those hollyhocks need staking,’ you’re thinking.
Well I tried that but the immense heavy hollyhocks were tougher than the stakes and just so motivated to fly to the sun, leaning, leaning… I admire their dedication.
In other news, the Sea Lavender (Limonium latifolia) is blooming. It grows a big rosette of wide ripply leaves at the base…
…and sprays of fizzy lavender-colored tiny blooms up above.
These perennials can only grow in well-drained sandy soil, like by the sea–except they grow beautifully here in poorly-drained clay sixty miles from the ocean. (Just so you know to never ever break any gardening rules.)
You can also dry the flowers and put them in a vase for winter but they are difficult to dust. (If you use the vacuum cleaner’s dusting attachment you end up with bare stems, which are interesting as some kind of minimalist floral statement for about seven seconds then you throw them out.)
I’m thinking of looking for a recipe for fried green tomatoes.
Summer is ripping by.
I hope yours is extraordinary, in a good way.