After a short wait, it was my turn, I walked up to the desk - paid my $75.00, got my sticker on my old licence stood in front of the ubiquitous white wall, waiting for my Kodak moment, when the Government of Ontario employee said to me in no uncertain terms - NO SMILING. At that moment the flash went off - and I figure I've been captured with an expression so addled, that on that photographic evidence alone, no one will be believe I should be permitted to drive a car, or even cross the road on my own. No smiling, what's this world come to? Between my passport photo and now my driver's licence, it's enough for a girl to want to go out and get a disguise.
After my visits to official government offices, I managed to get a bit of long overdue gardening done. I'd had a couple trays of bits and pieces that I've planted and positioned on the back deck and had a go at more edging and weeding. The rain has dictated the amount and type of work I've been able to get to. It's been a real mixed bag of rain and sun for the last two days.
Here's the sunshower we had last night taken from behind the glass storm door.
After an hour it all stopped -all my edges were filled to the brim with water.
There's nothing better than a soft sunny morning after a good rain.
The Thermopsis looked so pretty this morning. I'm a fan of Lupins - but they only last a year or two for me. I think of this as a Lupin on stilts - it stands about 150 cm - or about 4-5 feet.
Good yellow circles of Inula royleana.
I'm starting to warm to the Salvia transylvanica 'Blue Spires'. Anything to take your eyes away from the lawn that has started to go dormant.
It's been a bit of a rough year for the Anemone cylindrica. Parts of the plant seem to have melted away from either virus or damage from direct sun. Such a wonderful understated little woodlander.
I've never seen the little hairs on the Trycirtis hold water after the rain.
Here's Ipomopsis rubra - before it does its shocking orange red floral display.
Look at that mighty edge!
Even the little furry bits of the Monarda had tiny little water droplets trapped in the individual hairs.
I love this part of the summer when the blue Hosta are still so very blue.
And, hiding underneath those beefy leaves are lots of pure white blossoms.
Into the back garden. The patch of brown on the stone are the little bits from the Eastern White Pine - needle shed yet to come.
These are the green seeds of the Thalictrum aquilegifolium. While it does self-seed - it's not overly aggressive. And, unlike Aquilegia whose leaves are mined into white/brown muck by mid-July - T. aquilegifolium doesn't appear (up until now) to have any insect problems. A good shade plant that handles the dry and heat very well for me.
Here's Hosta 'Strip Tease'. It is in a very shady area - comparing mine to others on the net - I guess I would classify it as more Tease than Strip.