I had a deep, satisfying sleep, but upon rising realized I should have spent the night in my garden instead. It was last June 24th, exactly one year ago, that my first poppy of the summer bloomed. I've been intently watching their progress this year and holding my breath... would there, could there be a chance that I'd get another June 24th season opening? It was looking very close yesterday and I have three followers who can vouch for me on this - you know who you are :) Well, this morning I was greeted with 3 poppies! They are so gorgeous and if you grow poppies yourself, you know how short-lived this beauty is; with petals like butterfly wings, they are here one moment and gone the next.
Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
~Francis Thompson, "The Poppy," 1891
There were more miracles that took place while I dozed - it must have been yesterday's intense heat, followed by a cooling rain at some point through the night.
Two peonies :)
The first few asters opened - still wet from the rain.
Two zucchini flowers :) These were NOT looking anywhere's near to opening yesterday. I planted two zucchini plants this year and it looks like I will be 'harvesting' hehe, close to 30 - maybe more, as they are just coming into flower. I picked up the pair of metal planters I have them in (they're much deeper - close to a foot- than this shot demonstrates) at an antique mall last summer.
Yet another reason I love to blog - how else would I have known June 24th would turn out to be a very significant day in history, lol! My blog is my diary (I've spared you the angst :) and journal - with pics!