The first freesia has bloomed, and it's yellow! The second spike is just starting to swell, and I think it's going to be purple- you can just see a hint of color at the tips of the buds. I love the fragrance of freesia.
And speaking of fragrance, here's the sambac jasmine I got last weekend. (I know, I know...) It's spectacularly perfumed. I had one of these plants 15 years ago when I lived in North Carolina, but left it with a friend when we moved to Friday Harbor.
It's been giving me a flower or two every night (today I have three!), and I've been carrying it back and forth between my bedroom and the deck. It's inside at night so I can enjoy the perfume while I sleep, then back outside during the day to get lots of sun. Even just one flower fills my whole bedroom.
I pick off the previous night's flowers when I put it back outside in the morning, and drop them in a little jar of 190-proof alcohol. I'm making jasmine extract to store the fragrance. The flowers won't last through the heat of the day anyway, and this way I get to enjoy the scent longer. It's slow going with just a flower or two at a time, but I've got all summer.
Now, let us pause and take a moment to appreciate this next picture.
I look at that and almost hyperventilate, it makes me so happy. That is a lovely bunch of Amish Paste tomatoes.
Also, the first cucumber is almost ready to pick!
And the grapes are moving along fine!
As I was leaving for work today I grabbed a handful of chocolate mint, and one sprig of orange mint. (Yeah, there's an orange mint now. I know, I know...)
Chocolate on the left, orange on the right. I chopped them up and made a lovely mug of tea to start off my day in front of the computer. There was a bit too much greenery for one cup of tea, so I only used about half of the orange mint. I'm rooting the rest... because I need more mint...
And to wrap up this post, here's a view of the newest resident at my address.
This little flycatcher built her nest in the inside corner under the front porch roof, a lovely protected spot. She doesn't seem too fussed about us coming and going through the front door, and just sits up there quietly and watches.