The heat wave has it's benefits -- namely the quickly ripening strawberries in our garden. While the dastardly squirrels managed to steal and bury many of the first to turn pink, we are finally starting to harvest some for ourselves after enclosing the plants in netting. (As I planted other parts of the garden this past weekend, I nearly cried every time I turned up some dirt only to find more buried, slightly pink berries -- darn squirrels!)
The peonies have burst open this week, providing me with lots of fresh cut bouquets. And can you see the red roses in bloom just outside the window in this photo? That rose bush has done almost nothing over the past 6 years that we have lived here, then suddenly it decided to burst into bloom this year! A beautiful sight outside my kitchen window.