Our weatherman used a word (to describe last evenings temperature) that I barely remember hearing since leaving the east coast ~ sultry! To tell you the truth, I'd almost forgotten about "sultry," it's been out of my vocabulary SO long. The opportunities for an appropriate usage are rare when living in the dry (arid) west but after he said it, I thought "you are so right." It was still a steamy 89 degrees during our 8:30 PM walk. That doesn't happen very often either since we are usually lucky to experience a cool down as soon as the sun dips behind the Rocky Mountains.
Maybe I can blame the heat for my insomnia of late?? I've been seeing hours of the morning that I haven't seen in years, if ever. 4:14 read the clock when I rose this morning. Although I hope this trend doesn't continue, I am appreciating many things about the hours of dawn. Like the hot air balloon in the sky about 6:00 AM:
I certainly wouldn't see that if I was lying abed until 8:00 or 9:00 AM!
Without the heat to hurry me indoors, the cool hours allow the luxury of examining the garden at a leisurely pace. I discovered morning glory 'Pink Feathers' (started from seed this spring) had a bloom:
I think it's the first one but I can't be sure? Luckily, I now know there are many more buds about to open. It looks interesting, doesn't it? I promise to rephotograph at a later time.
The light at dawn is absolutely unparalleled. Look at this top-laden bloom stalk of purple canterbury bells:
It positively glows.
As do the zinnias and lantana in the vintage wheelbarrow out front:
The moisture drops left from the early morning sprinkler cycle create interesting effects too. See them glistening in between the Allium buds:
Okay, maybe not. I didn't capture that as well as I thought. Moving on....
Another Allium, this one 'flavum' in some great light:
'Flavum' (and 'Schubertii') are the two Alliums that inspire illusions of fireworks for me ~ do they do that for you too??
It doesn't matter what time of day the sun or clock reads when it comes to searching for a meal:
That's when the boy scout motto "always be prepared" comes into play. The crab spider above (on a Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine' bloom) is fully ready.
We're into our 18th day of continuous above 90 degree temperatures and could maybe break a record. The longest previous string was 24 days. At least it's not above 100 like in Texas & other parts of the country, right? We'll see what happens. I never like to complain about heat because even tho a drop into the 80's sounds great, I've spent too much time (the rest of the year) wishing & waiting for just this ~ summer! I will not be hoping fall hurries up and arrives! No way, no how....