Summer Surprised Me

I went out on the deck this morning and it was suddenly summer.

All during chilly June I’d planted.

The solstice came and went and the days started getting shorter

without summer ever showing its face.

We complained about the endless grey weather every day,

remembering days of swimming and sunburns in May,

which was fantastically warm in the south of France.

I watered, I muttered, I weeded, and I stopped paying attention to the sky.

Until this morning when, still wearing my fleece slippers, summer slapped me in the face,

my flowers asking me, insisting, “silly girl, don’t you even see?”

Sighing, I slip off my slippers and surrender to summer, although it may only last a single day, like this blossom.

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6 Comments on “Summer Surprised Me”


  1. I can hear my other Seattle friends agreeing with you ( and it finally is summer here as well). What is the lovely purple and white flower? the 3rd to last ? I want it!!

  2. Abra Bennett Says:

    That’s a trailing verbena, Lanai Purple Star. It’s new to me this year and I think it’s very cool.


  3. I remember your wonderful wild garden Abra, with the sighing wind in the pines , and the sea sparkling beyond the shoreline……(sigh)
    Enjoy Gods’ gifts .

  4. Stephanie Says:

    So very beautiful Abra, thanks for sharing these beautiful flowers with us.

  5. Debra Lane Says:

    love your flowers! Hope to see you before the summer ends!

  6. Abra Bennett Says:

    Are we sure it hasn’t already ended? I have those fleece slippers on again.


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