One of the new David Austin roses, Darcey Bussell (named after an English ballerina) is in bloom.
Some more plants will arrive on the terrace late today, brought by generous friends who have driven up from Virginia. Fancy Echinacea, and new boxwoods! As befits my usual personal gardening style, the terrace is rather haphazard and the trim, repeated evergreens will help to pull the whole thing together.
We will eat outside, and perhaps we'll see the firefly that lit up over the Harlem terrace last night. We'll hear the duelling robins in the dusk, and the church choir rehearsal from the western end of our block. We'll eat milkweed minestrone to start, with preserved lemon sourdough bread, then a barbecued, butterflied sweetfern lamb, with our favourite cauliflower dish from Jerusalem (roasted, tossed with cinnamon, allspice, vinegar and...maple syrup!), and to end, a pie - probably peach, with serviceberies.