The Cool House: Summer surprise

Friday, September 05, 2008

Summer surprise


It's not been the best summer here on Long Island. It was too cold to swim in the pool on Memorial Day, too rainy on July 4th and and not warm enough for us on Labor Day either. Three summer holidays and not one swim party, that hasn't happened before. In fact we added it up and The Guy has only been in the pool seven times this season. I've done a little better but we just haven't used it as much as normal. Nor have we barbecued. Rain, hail, cold days, whatever. We look forward to summer all winter and then it's gone in a flash. This year it went in a flash of lightning and earth-moving crashes of thunder.
And yet, some things almost make up for it; like this annual impatiens from last summer that somehow managed to survive the winter (and my weeding and planting efforts in this corner of the yard). I walked out of the back door and saw this blossom amongst the dark glossy leaves of the holly. I guess it's protected back there and with luck, like the hibiscus on the other side of the yard, it will keep flowering until the first frost.

3 comments:

Jenni said...

Surprises like this make me happy!

Ruth Gardens said...

Some impatients produce seed pods. Your impatient may have come up from a seed that was in the ground from last year. They tend to pop up late for a nice surprise.

modernemama said...

I guess they must have seeded because they are popping up all over that corner now. Never happened before, though...