There's a lot of pink and a lot of blue: delphiniums and bachelor buttons predominate right now, with some contributions along that spectrum from lingering old-fashioned sweetpeas and the first of the four-o'clocks. Also seen are firewheels, black-eyed Susans, poppies, and one last member of the narcissus family (snowy perianth and medium-long and quite open lemon-yellow fluted trumpet with no ruffling on the edge). One of the mystery J&P experimental roses is in bloom for the first time in quite a while: blue-red semi-double, no scent to speak of. The last of the loquats have ripened. This may not be the most abundant year ever in numbers, but these are certainly individually the largest. We enjoy our cascades of last year's potted nasturtiums in every color. This evening we rescued a young tree lizard that had somehow find its way into the house. As we sat outside, there were raindrops in the air just now.