August 2020

 


 The outside world is very strange and it's not so dependable right now. Routines have been obliterated, and the ordinary has been lost. In our city of Chicago, each day contains unwelcome surprises.

The backyard world of the garden is true and dependable. There are always changes, mostly gradual and sensible. Every year the garden is a little different, but always a delight.

These Japanese morning glories have just begun blooming. Since the days have been so hot here, the flowers don't last very long. They sort of melt in the hot morning sunshine.

August sunrise and madder


 


Early morning on the back porch . The sunrises seem different lately. The angle of the light is interesting.I guess this is always true, but I'm sure noticing it a lot these days.


Interesting morning sky


 


As usual lately, I'm still dyeing silk threads. Before dyeing the silk is exquisite.


 


Dyed with madder roots. I love the wide and surprising range of warm shades from madder.


 


The morning's work wound up.


 

Middle of August

 


 


 The mornings have been hazy, hot and humid. The air seems yellow.


  


Everything in the garden is growing and changing very fast.


I love the twisted curve of these morning glories.


 

Their leaves are beautiful too.


 


The robins and cardinals love the grapes!

Honey bees

A lot of honey bees have been visiting the garden lately. They love the Impatiens balfourii.


 


 An interestings thing is that they always arrive in the late afternoon and hang around until a little after sunset.


 


 The really interesting thing is that they don;t go inside the flowers like other bees. They grasp the tail end of the flower and seem to drink nectar from this part.

August 29

Moms'  Birthday


Goldenrod  (Solidago)


My Mother was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 29 1930


 

I miss her every day.
 


 

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