Then the weather turned blazing hot, pushing 90 for a day or two. After a few days of window-opening weather, it’s turned cool again, which suits us just fine. Despite the seesaw temps, the flowers have decided they can’t wait any longer and have burst into a carpet of colors. Rhododendron, weigelias, irises, bleeding hearts, lupine, knockout roses, dianthus and even peonies are claiming the stage. Even the banana plants, which we thought died in the heavy freeze this year, are sending up a few survivors.
My favorite are the poppies. The show they put on is short, just a few days and then they’re done. Nancy got a good photo of them so we can remember them the 51 weeks of the year they take a break. Wouldn’t that be a nice work schedule? When you have a bed and breakfast near Asheville, that won’t happen. But I can dream.