Yesterday was a horrible day — as humid as possible without the air itself turning liquid, thunderstorms, torrential rains, in short a day to stay firmly planted indoors. Today on the other hand, today is the kind of day you pray for in the middle of summer. Pleasantly cool, a gentle intermittent breeze, not a touch of humidity, sunshine, the kind of day that makes you want to walk barefoot through grass gone wild with all the water its received over the last week. It's also a perfect day to try out a new gardening toy, the "duster from hell", also called a Dustin Mizer. What a difference! With just a few turns of the crank I have a cloud of dust that billows out and settles down on the leaves and flowers. In no time at all I had all of the roses done with much less wear and tear on my still-recuperating shoulder. Definitely two thumbs-up! Japanese beetles beware!
In the world of roses, we have Fisherman's Friend, Pat Austin, Red Ribbons, and Sunbright in bloom. In the rest of the garden, the Abelia is in full bloom, scenting the entire front yard with its honey fragrance. One of the Hosta has also bloomed.