Friday, July 03, 2015

And the Heat Goes On...




In the morning, after breakfast, I wander around my garden. Feverfew is blooming. It's an independent plant, seeding itself thither and yon. I don't mind - the small plants that I don't want to grow into flowers I yank, the others I let grow. The blooms are bright and cheery and great in bouquets. 
 

I have a couple of pots that I move around the garden to fill in blank spots here and there. This pot of succulents is keeping the herbs company these days.
 

At times, our local pharmacy has a table of used books for sale by the front door. On the honour system - just drop your toony ($2 coin) into the can.  I was pleased to find both of the above this week. Do you find that reading a new cookbook can revitalize your cooking? I do.


Cool hydrangeas belie the temperature. It's evening now as I write - 8:30 pm. Warm, golden light. Deep shadows cast by a still strong sun. Everything is still. Breathless. A summer's evening. 

Wishing all my American readers a very happy 4th of July tomorrow! 

24 comments:

podso said...

I love our extra long summer evenings, but already we can see a shortening of that. I still miss the longer twilights up north. Evenings and early mornings are the time to be out in this heat. Lovely hydrangea!

ellen b. said...

Lovely photos. I'm about done with this heat but I'll just have to keep my attitude in check. Thanks for the shout out for the 4th of July!

Connie said...

Hi Lorrie, I am a huge fan of the daisy but I have never heard of Feverfew . Now I am going to look for seeds. They are so pretty:) I love visiting your blog . . . it's always so fresh and charming:)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Beautiful - the Feverfew and Hydrangea are my favorites. We put in a big window air conditioner for the hot daytimes - but we are still enjoying the cool of the evenings and the early mornings on the deck.

materfamilias said...

A free copy of Jerusalem? That's fabulous! (says she who paid something like $50 for it at Christmas as a gift) Enjoy! (Isn't it just way too hot, though?!)

Debby Ray said...

I have never heard of Feverfew either...they do look like a fatter sort of daisy :) The hydrangea is my most favorite and this photo is stunning! Thanks for the holiday wishes!

Cheryl said...

Those hot summer days can seem long, but you're wise to soak up those lovely blooms in the morning and evening (relatve) cool! I love hydrangeas too!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Loving the summer days header Lorrie and I too like pots that can be moved around to fill in bare spaces. Finally, warm summer weather will come to Ontario and I am so ready for it!

Dawna Motz said...

Happy Summer Lorrie!! I have been terrible at keeping my blog up to date! I wish I could be more diligent at it as you are! Such pretty pictures you have shared in the last number of posts. Looks like you are having a great summer!!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Love the last flower.....gorgeous....

Happy Weekend!

Pamela Gordon said...

I can't believe you're still in the heat wave there. So unusual for you and I'm sure it's creating some issues with crops and the normally lush landscape. The honour system for buying books in a drug store is interesting for in the city. It's popular in rural areas with farm produce stands. Enjoy the weekend.

Sea Cottage said...

So lovely. It has been too hot here to even be outside. And now I am in bed with a Summer flu.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I would have picked up "Flavors of Provence" too!
Have a spectacular, safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Elizabethd said...

The scent of feverfew takes me back to childhood, walking over the moors with my mum. It is a medicinal herb and is supposed to help Migraines.
Lovely to find the Ottolenghi book. His programmes have been so interesting.

Mrs.Rabe said...

We are having much cooler weather than our normal summer weather. It's been warm but not hot, and I am not complaining. Your hydrangea is beautiful.

Hope it cools down soon.

Deanna

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

My feverfew is giving a cheerful hello in my herb borders. I have heard it cures migraines but unfortunately when I have one I can't get outside to try :-) At the moment I have them filling up my vases in the house and they do make me smile. It's hot and humid over here so sitting out in the garden until late is a welcome release. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend xx

Maggie said...

I love acquiring new cook books, the more the merrier I say. We're enjoying beautiful summer days & evenings too, your hydrangea is delightful.

Helen Philipps said...

Your pictures are lovely....feverfew is such a pretty plant. New books are so inspiring...you found some interesting ones there, Lorrie. Wishing you a happy week.
Helen xox

Madelief said...

Those cookbooks are great finds Lorri. Wish I would find them here for that price.

Happy week!

Madelief x

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Lorrie,
I do enjoy reading a cookbook or cooking magazine as it refreshes my mind and energy. As Summer rolls on I find that my cooking becomes a tad humdrum. I loose my zest and especially so this year because of being in the apartment waiting for the home to be built. Your yard looks amazing and your hydrangeas are positively dreamy.
Thank you for the well wishes for a Happy 4th-it was pleasant and we even managed a picnic.
Jemma

ann said...

You sound very peaceful, a nice feeling. Feverfew here takes over, so I let it go to keep weeds down, the before it seeds I yank it out, missing some along the way, so I always have a bumper crop each year. Enjoy your week.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Feverfew sure make a pretty picture and bouquet, Lorrie. Yes, I love inspiration from cookbooks and at $2 what a deal! The hydrangea is a cool beauty and I wish I could coax my plants to produce more than one blossom.

Marilyn Miller said...

Yes, a new cookbook can revitalize, that is if it isn't to hot to cook.

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