Four kinds of rose of sharon are now in bloom. There are still bachelor buttons, a couple of poppies, some larkspur, and black-eyed susans. Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal, having abandoned their half-built nest amidst the passion vines, are now at home in the yellow oleander, right by an important window for cooling the house these mornings. There are no babies yet and all is at such a height we can't look down into the nest at the eggs. Mrs. C. is right at eye levell. That's one window that will stay closed for a while.