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rainy summer solstice

The Summer solstice came and went, the longest day of the year shrouded in clouds. It rains every day, downpours sometimes accompanied by deafening thunder. The plants grow at double speed, luxuriating in the abundance of humidity. I have never seen the grass so green. After the June roses faded the second wave of blooming plants took over: nicotiana, garden phlox, delphiniums and bee balms. It is hard to believe that flowers can bloom profusely with so much rain, but here is proof.

Fragrances intermingle, dulled by the rain. Nicotiana has reached four and a half feet and is still growing.