and so summer unfolds. each year it is a little the same. and each year it is a little different. some plants arrive on schedule and bloom at their appointed time and size. and each year some plants do something a little different. shorter, taller, bigger, and smaller they change the game. and some plants get crowded by their neighbors and bloom not at all, dwindling waiting to be rescued. the lates are coming into bloom now. some are just sending up flower scapes. and the rhythm of summer is maintained.