Here is the latest from The Sabine Farm.
The weather has been gorgeous and there was a wonderful heavy rain in the early morning. There is nothing quite as satisfying as waking up to rain on the eves knowing that it is needed.
The garden is thriving. I will be putting some more of my herbs and tomatoes out of the green house and into the ground soon.
We did put out the Vatican flag for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, as all should.
The birds are changing their patterns. I don’t see as many of the old regulars. I think there must still be some nesting and growing with some species. But I have caught sight of a few new comers I haven’t yet identified.
And the vistas around the place are lovely.
The amazing irises are finished, however.
And my favorites.
And the columbine is wonderful.
And there are some amazing dragon flies around right now.
However, Mr. UPS and Mr. FedEx both made treks to my door today.
Mr. UPS brought me books, both from JN of FL. Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets by Thomas Howard and The Early Papacy: To the Synod of Chalcedon in 451 by Adrian Fortescue. These were from my amazon.com wish list.
Mr. FedEx brought rather more exotic package.
Allow me to introduce to you Acer palmatum arakawa, a type of Japanese Maple, which in Japanese is irohamomiji.
You can see that Irohamomiji is quite a bit larger than Penjing (Carmona microphylla) and a bit more dramatic, though Penjing flowers.
This new addition, sent by LB of MT, again from the amazon wish list, will be a puzzle for a while, but a fine addition to the Sabine land and house-scape.
Thanks to all! Many thanks also to those of you who have used the donation button of late. I won’t be going to the Ireland conference, as I had hoped, but there is the Oxford meeting at the end July which I still have a fighting chance to get to.