Add 24 hours of rain and overcast skies, with 1.1" of much needed moisture and you come up with a sea of green. I think I can see every existing shade of that section of the color wheel looking across my yard today. It looks so lush and fresh in the cool morning air. Needing to inspect everything firsthand, I ventured outside, coffee mug in hand, to make "the rounds" and examine my beds. Isn't it amazing how plants change and grow with just a days absence? The oriental poppies are almost ready to burst open, the pink delphinium I bought (to replace one that didn't survive the winter), has started to bloom and the thalictrum is gigantic! By pure chance (since he's camouflaged so well), I spotted this interesting little guy on one of my annuals. At first I thought it was a baby praying mantis but upon closer examination, I don't think so. Whatever he is, he's managed to blend perfectly with his envirionment. Moving on and back indoors, since everything appears to have survived just fine without me, I'm hoping to grab a few more minutes with my book (that I posted about yesterday, then alas, did not get back to) Grrrrr. Time to read should be mandatory not a luxury, don't you agree?!!! Happy Friday everyone.