Airconditioning makes bedroom cool. I love airconditioning. The best thing about weekends. Long stay in bed with breakfast and book. Local baguette, French butter, Swedish jam and Danish coffee. Portuguese book.
Last night, after supper at Robin des Bois with Donnie (provenance the Bronx, not Brooklyn - if you've been following; now in Miami Beach and upstate on the Hudson where he lives on a hill in a stone house, prunes his pear and cherry trees and washes dishes in a birdbath)...anyhoo, after supper, or because of it, in their lovely little back courtyard, I promised myself that this morning I would Buy A Plant for the terrace. Wanting an annual vine like mandevilla, and having executed my clematis, I went to Urban Gardener on Hoyt Street, a beautiful little shop with well-considered garden gift-things, cut flowers and a very well-chosen collection of perennials, shrubs and vines out back. No mandevilla, but I found a new thing, this Veronicastrum virginica. It's tall and flowers from spring to fall, so suits me perfectly. It's a little like agastache and has leaves a lot like the South African wild dagga. Hm. Should I smoke it? Now even though the sweet shop sure as eggs is eggs copied Holly, Wood and Vine's colours (I called the owner on it and her eyes did dart around a bit), I recommend it. They were very quiet on a hot Sunday, even though Smith Street round the corner was packed with people playing boules on the sanded tarmac in honour of the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys' day of triumph on the 14 th of July.
With four F-16's roaring low overhead (whyyyyyy?), I removed my potted plant from its plastic only to find it killing itself with its roots. Bad Grower - I was going to give him a plug, but not now (ooooh, that'll show him...)! The poor thing would have expired soon. So I chopped the worst off and planted it...we'll see what happens. I suspect it grows fast and furiously.
There it is...
And more Abraham Derby, with a coleus called Merlot in the background. Very predictable name. Jose, at work, christened it Coleus Midnight Prowler. Excellent.