The hydrangeas seem to be especially lush this summer, they are practically blocking our front walk so I will have to go cut some today. They never last real well in water, and I do dry some but there is a limit to how many I can use.
I saw 2 unusual animals last week, in 2 different locations nearby. These pictures are not real good, I only used my iphone for these and the critters don't like to sit still anywhere close to where I was. The first picture shows a regular brown squirrel on the right side of the trunk, and on the left side you can get a glimpse of a black squirrel. I don't think I have ever seen a black one before.
Then a couple days later I saw this pretty white squirrel, and he shows up much better in the picture. I have seen a couple white squirrels before, so they must be a little more common.
Ian spent an overnight with us and he learned how to help me dig a hole to transplant some hostas. He was proud to be able to help with his little trowel.