After the hottest July day since the last last one, it's very pleasant to have some rain today, a cooling tonic after yesterday's humid heat. I didn't get time to do a Wordless Wednesday yesterday so will make up for it today with some words as well.
I can't help noticing the lawn* needs less mowing as we move into summer and the grass slows down. Instead, I have a rambunctious chorus of daisies, dandelions, clover, vetches and what more discerning gardeners would call weeds (what I would call native flora vital to our insect and bee populations) shouting at me with an array of bright flowers and seedheads, competing valiantly with the roses for top billing at the moment. The lavender, japanese peony and jasmine are next to flower, the irises and love-in-a-mist running to seed. Not sure how 'flaming June' flew by so quick in the garden but loving the start of a flamboyant July.
* I need to come up with a new name for the space between the flowerbeds and fencing... lawns are so last century... 'garden meadow' or more acurately in this case 'weedy scree' maybe.
full blown tea rose
chusa palm and climbing pelargonum
small tortiseshell butterfly
humming bird hawkmoth