The clouds finally decided to drop some rain, though it hasn't been much. We've had drizzle and sprinkle and mist and not much else. A good downpour would be nice, but so far no luck. I think it's because the clouds are thinner than they look. We did get something resembling a sunset when the clouds in the west turned purple for a while. Had they been thicker there'd have been no color to them.
About a dozen of the rose buds are partly open, and the lack of sunlight (clouds will prevail most of the week) is likely to leave them in that state for quite a while. I was looking forward to seeing the large crop bloom, but that pleasure will be delayed. Meanwhile, the lilacs are going into decline and will probably be brown and bedraggled by the time the roses have opened. Nothing else is ready to bloom, so the roses will have the back yard to themselves.
For some reason the frogs are silent again tonight. The air is not especially cold, but perhaps the recent mild nights spoiled them and they have decided to hunker down until it warms up again. I can't blame them. I wouldn't mind doing that myself. But I think I'll just make some popcorn and go see if any English people are murdering one another on television.