My Dear Friend,
I do hope this day finds you happy and well, and enjoying this lovely month of June. It has been such a long time since I've been in touch, but hopefully I will be visiting with you more often in the future, through a little bit of letter writing here in this space. It does seem to be a pastime that is becoming more rare as time goes by, like a great many worthwhile things are these days, but I can at least give this method of staying in touch, a fair try.
June in our neck of the woods has been much too hot at times, but it has cooled off a bit from a few days ago, when the temperature was in the 90's. I'm so glad for that. I think the garden appreciates the cooler weather too, especially the sweet peas, which are just now beginning to bloom. I picked a few of the very first ones to greet visitors at the front door. I think they look so pretty and welcoming, and they smell nice too!
I think sweet peas always feel like such a special flower. They aren't a flower that you see forced all year 'round like so many flowers are these days. You simply have to wait for them, and the waiting makes them feel like a gift when the blossoms finally do appear. And their jewel toned colors are so lovely.
Of course, the glory of the garden has once again been the Cecil Brunner rose which grows in the back garden by the garage. What a joy it is every year when it blooms.
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose,
and the eyes will take care of themselves.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
I wish you could smell it! The scent is lovely and light, but still somehow, it manages to waft all the way 'round the house and into the front garden too. One evening not too long ago, I was fortunate to spy a goldfinch alight on one of its' branches, and I spent a good few minutes listing to it sing and sing. What a happy melody it had, and such a pretty picture it made. Life can bring tears to your eyes with such sweet gifts at times.
I hope your garden is off to a good start. I still have tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini plants to plop in the ground, so I guess I'd best close for today.
All my best to you and to yours.