It's still hot summertime here, but this season is winding down. I saw my first Monarch butterfly of the season today. My camera is never where I am when there are butterfly encounters. The butterflies are especially tame right now. I walked past the zinnia bed yesterday, and I was softly surrounded by a small cloud of several bright yellow butterflies. One of them wing-brushed my face...Enchantment.
The hummingbirds wage war on each other over the zinnia beds. The tiniest hummingbird of all is the most territorial. He is the Emperor of the Zinnias. He feasts on zinnia nectar, and when he has his fill, he briefly perches on a small bare spruce branch and oversees the Zinnia Kingdom. Any hummingbirds that trespass are immediately attacked as he loudly chirps hummingbird expletives at them. After he scares them away, he refreshes himself at his zinnias and then returns to his branch to keep guard.
It's been so humid, it seems like the flowers could just suck the moisture out of the air, and save me the daily watering. The petunias are pitiful. Some of them may revive when it cools down. The roses are sending up only a few small blooms, and even the mighty zinnias are tattered and leggy. The goldfinches feast on the seeds/petals daily, leaving petal confetti in their wake.
On the upside, my crepe myrtles are blooming beautifully. The ornamental sweet potato vines, glowing yellow green and maroon are in their glory, bright and fresh-leafed.
We've had our grandson here several times this summer. Kids seem to grow fast in summer. He is six years old now. His face is changing. His baby face is almost gone now, only to be glimpsed when he is sleeping.
Recently, when he was here, we were outside watering the flowers and playing with the garden hose. We have a wacky hose that takes on a wild life of it's own if you happen to drop it or hold it lower down than the nozzle. I have gotten a surprise super soaking with it several times. It surprised my grandson, too, he was holding the nozzle and everything was fine. Then he grabbed it lower down on the hose and it went wild. It sprayed him right in the face, and then all over the place. He thought it was hilarious.
I'm starting to miss summertime and it's not even completely over yet.