June 18th, 2016

caillebotte_the orangerie


It warmed up enough today that I was able to have the windows open for a while and get some fresh air into the house. They'll have to be closed tonight, but tomorrow I can probably have them open in the morning and then again in the evening. After that I'll be back to having them open only at night, because the days are about to get torrid. That's to be expected, though, as official summer is about to begin. In fact it starts the day after tomorrow, which is not only the solstice, but will also bring a full moon. A full moon on the summer solstice is a rarity, and it's been seventy years since it last happened.

There will be a bit of jasmine left for the solstice, but I'm becoming doubtful that there will be any left by the time of my journal anniversary, which isn't until the 28th. Yesterday's rain might lead to a few new blossoms, but the upcoming hot days will probably wipe out most of the remainder of those that have already bloomed. At least two thirds of them have already died. I might be able to force a few more to grow if I water the plant enough, but I'm not sure I want to do that, given the price of water now. It seems unlikely that there will be any more rain, and if there is it will probably arrive to late to stimulate new growth by the 28th.

But today was nice anyway, and the feral cats and I have all enjoyed it tremendously. So did all the flying insects who came buzzing around, and the birds who twittered and chirped all afternoon, and the aphids who chomped on my rose bushes... hey, wait. Oh, well, I guess I can forgive them for now. But they'd better watch out next week when the heat puts me into a foul, vengeful mood.