You know the weather is pretty bad when the local weather guru begins a blog post with "I think we communally must have sinned." On July 14, Cliff Mass went on to write "I have followed the weather around here for a long time and I can't remember such sustained cool, cloudy weather during the middle to end of July (including what is going to occur)."
Luckily, garden flowers are offering plenty of solace during this damp, off-and-on gloomy July. Soon enough, dahlias, hydrangeas and lilies will light up the garden, but for now these little yellow and orange flowers warm up the garden and our hearts... Here's what's in bloom and cheering me up in my garden today -
A marble-leafed nasturtium
These sweet-smelling wallflowers have been blooming since March and will continue dependably on, even though they compete for space in a raised bed with raspberries, through first frost.
These old-fashioned little Black-Eyed-Susans charm me today as they have generations of gardeners.