Technically it is summer, and we do have days above 80°. The summer squash and Blue Lakes are producing, and we even picked a Persimmon orange tomato, so I shouldn't complain. But it's a good year to notice features of the garden other than vegetables.
The manzanita was peeling magnificently a short while back and we stared with unbelief at its ability to hold on to the peeled bark with some kind of magical glue.
|fennel between manzanita and snowball|
...also to the snowball bush, and back to the fence, and including the wisteria, and....if Mr. Glad hadn't taken the broom to a dozen squatters yesterday I'm afraid they'd have wrapped it all up and out of my reach for good.
The hybrid verbena lived all through the winter, and the New Zealand Spinach self-sowed abundantly, so they make lush neighbors to the summer squash at the other end of the yard.
In the Spring I planted a new salvia, called Hot Lips, if I remember right. Each little flower is a half-inch across.
Do they make you think of a kiss? Well, then, I send them to you as a greeting on this summer's day.