Our summer lasted exactly four days. Now it is raining again. The following photos don’t show the extent of the gloom and wetness we’ve had this last couple of weeks, because I generally took pictures only when the sun shone, which is usually early in the morning.Some things in my garden didn’t work – the strawberries made about 6 flowers then gave up. Fortunately a friend had luscious ones and I was able to buy from him. The greens are loving the rain, though.Chard and Kohl Rabi in the foreground, spinach and lettuce in the back. The red stuff is mostly a red mustard. It’s leaves are four times the size they are most years. The spinach and mustards are all making flower stalks. The minute it turns hot (if ever) they will bolt.There are mushrooms everywhere – unusual in the spring. Each of these boletis would not fit on a dinner plate.The meadow flowers are beginning to look a bit ratty, but now the lance-leaved stonecrops are coming into their own. They are making a fantastic display this year.
And the paintbrush patch is at its peak. (How much prettier they look when there is a little sun to set them off!)There is a great crop of soopollallie this year – I commented in an earlier post how many flowers we had. This is only the second time in ten years I have seen a berry crop like this. A lot of people don’t like the taste, but I think they are delicious. Thin skinned and juicy so very squishy to pick, though.One morning we had a spectacular drama.
At the same time, in the south, was the bottom end of an amazing rainbow. (It is hovering over the north ridge or Perkin’s Peak – see previous post.)
As the sun climbed higher, it caught the new solar panels on the internet tower. (No batteries yet, so all that power is going nowhere!)The display lasted about half an hour. Then cloud began to swallow the mountains.And this was the last I saw of the sun -and the mountains – for a couple more days.