It's the middle of the dry season, and everything is burning up in the summer's heat. I'm cheating in these pictures. They only show the pretty details, and leave out the brown lawn and the crispy perennials that need trimmed. Kind of like I do as I walk through the garden: try to look only at the pretty bits.
Here, Rudbeckia makes a brave show, being one of the few flowers to thrive in the summer's heat, given a bit of water.
A single hollyhock, Creme de Cassis , blooms against the blue sky. Amazingly, it escaped the usual rust invasion this year, though the bugs made lacework of the leaves.
A lone Dianthus just coming into bloom, poking out of the weeds and the dry ground. Yes, I need to water, but we're supposed to be conserving around here, and the water bills can get outrageous this time of year.
Out of a ruin of dried leaves at the base of a sword fern, a cluster of cyclamen emerge.
Chelone (turtleheads) blossom against a bright sky. These normally like boggy ground, so they need an extra hit from the hose now and then.
In the back yard, a variegated butterfly bush is still blooming away.
The asparagus we ate last spring is now a small forest, with the peach tree peeking up from behind:
Rejoice! My very first home-grown cauliflower! This variety, "Cheddar," has the added benefit of being packed full of carotenes. I cut this, steamed it just until tender, and served it up with just a bit of butter. It was amazingly sweet and flavorful. As the nutritional scientists now say, eat colorful food!
The red raspberries are late this year, but they're worth the wait:
The golden raspberries put on a crop earlier, but they're back for another show: