Crazy Summer

The weather has been unseasonably cool. We were just getting used to 90 plus degree weather (which didn't really kick in until last week - only a month late), when yesterday the temp went from about 88 on the porch to 75 in 30 minutes. The rain fell, and has been falling ever since. Great for the gardens, and I'm not complaining. I love the smell of rain. It's clean and things smell fresh and alive when there is a light rain falling. It is a smell I had grown very accustomed to while living in Humboldt County, California in the Pacific Northwest. It is a smell I realize I miss everytime it rains. I love my house, I love my property, I love Austin...but there are those days when I miss that smell, I miss the trees that soar a million miles into the sky. Thank you rain gods, for bringing a bit of that here in the rain...for making me feel at home.
Some images in the rain...
Green toatoes getting a drink.

Love Lies Bleeding. We are excited about these first attempts at this gorgeous flower.

And of course, my beloved Mexican Sunflowers.

Today's forecast: 84 degrees; 100% precipitation. What a lovely summer!