Thursday, June 26, 2008
After a perfect spring and early summer, the heat and humidity are finally here. I don't say "finally" as if I've been looking forward to this weather, oh no. But it is normal, so in a certain sense, by the end of June, I'm more comfortable when I'm uncomfortably hot. Does that make sense?
Now is the time of the tough flowers, the tigerlily, black-eyed susan, daisy. And it's finally hot enough, the days are finally long enough, to coax the magnolias into bloom. These flowers are huge, almost a foot in diameter, soft as velvet and deliciously citrus-y if you can get close enough to give them a sniff. The one in the pic above was hanging just at nose level. I love the little cluster of stamens resting on the gigantic petal.
The nice people on the weather channel are saying the stink in the air today indicates it's so full of ozone that it's "unhealthy for sensitives." That would include me. Therefore, I won't take a long walk with Jake this morning, but we do have to get out there because the magnolias are blooming. I wouldn't miss this seasonal moment for anything, even if it means I have to breathe a little poison air. Would you? Of course not!