Flighty kindly sent me some pot marigold (his favorite) seeds, and finally one 'hatched' today! There are a few more promising buds, so here's hoping for more bright yellow faces. I planted the seeds in a pot that is set inside an old metal chair, located in the rose garden. This is the only area that is fenced off to keep deer out. I'm not sure if deer would eat pot marigolds, but why chance it?
The plants are confused; the lawns look like straw, but finally, after a very wet spring, and a very dry July (no rain at all), we have had a few cooler days with some much needed rain. The weather during July was great for holiday makers and residents alike. Not too many super hot days (28C), and lots in the low and middle 20C range. Perfect for sitting in the shade on the deck, reading and enjoying the sights and smells of summer (like BBQ's in the late afternoon) ;)
A couple of days ago, on a day trip to Victoria, I noticed that the breakwater at Ogden Point (here's a link to a webcam) was sporting a handrail. A newspaper article explains this addition, which was a long time in coming! Feels much safer to walk along it now ~ because it can be especially wild when a stiff wind comes up.
Earlier in the day, I enjoyed a visit to Hatley Castle, in the photo below, central building of Royal Roads University, and then drove to the Esquimalt Lagoon close by.
Even earlier in the day, I took a few photos of Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, a very colourful tourist spot.
and a couple of pirates entertaining the visitors:
Eventually I hope to share my April California trip photos! One of the highlights, of course, was meeting Nikki and Roomie!
That's it for now ~ Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer!