Wow! It's August! Here are some images from the end of our July.
I've talked about my lack of horticultural skills before, but this story takes the cake. I acquired a small pincushion cactus a long time ago - sometime when I was a kid. I don't remember how long I've had it, but it's been over 13 years. For ages it's been looking sickly, and I finally determined it had cactus rot at the base. I put it outside in early spring along with another dying cactus and forgot about it. It survived the late freezes, the dry spell, the wet spell, and instead of croaking, it made a flower last week - for the very first time. Maybe all it wanted was to be outside.
It's been so hot lately. Although I just posted some paintings featuring hot drinks, I haven't been drinking tea as much myself. When I do, though, it's from some retro milk glass cups I recently thrifted. This glass mug didn't have a maker's mark on the bottom, but I was drawn to the groovy flower design. It's going to get a lot more use this fall. But I don't want to think about the seasons changing yet. We enjoyed our July and I'm looking forward to this month. August is such a beautiful time for wildflowers here.