Just returned from a big trip and all the Zinnias are finally living up to their potential, showing plenty of bright colors while singing 'summertime and the livin' is easy'.
I went to Paris with my husband and had the chance to show him all my favorite shops, restaurants, museums, and parks since it was his first trip to the city of light. I will be sharing more about Paris soon.
These seem to be blooming everywhere right now, a flower that I never liked but am beginning to be a little fond of.
They are much more attractive in an arrangement than when they are growing outside. Their height is awkward and they seem to lean in every direction. I did have fun painting them and may buy some more in a different color.
This is the first of many bell peppers that will be coming out of the garden. All the rain has been wonderful, but I think the lack of sun has slowed things down a bit. I'll be using this tonight when I make dinner. I love the shape and size of this one.
I am fascinated by moths. There are many more species of moths than butterflies, which make up a very small percentage of the Lepidoptera order. Moths account for about 94% of the Lepidoptera order.
I think my interest in all this goes back to when I was a child and my dad taught me a great deal about insects. I don't remember a lot of it, but it seems to be coming back to me.
When I was about ten years old, the Raleigh Times newspaper interviewed me about my butterfly collection and put my photo in the evening paper. Those were the days when Raleigh had a morning paper, The News And Observer, as well as an evening paper.
These were definitely needed today to enjoy being in the sun. I used to misplace my sunglasses all the time but now I have a system so that I keep track of them. There are few things worse than being without them.
The beach is my favorite place to read, especially in the late afternoon when most people are leaving. After awhile, I look up and there is almost no one left and the light is gorgeous as the sun sinks lower in the sky.
I have always loved Gardenias with their heavenly scent. They bloom in June and sometimes keep going into the first part of July. I will miss them when they finish supplying me with beautiful bright white blooms and filling the house with perfume.
Next up, Zinnias! Mine are almost flowering, they just need some encouragement from the sun, which we have not seen for awhile.