The majestic spikes of a verbascum have appeared again (self-seeded) in the vegetable garden. It is a flower garden escape, but my well composted beds have provided generous hospitality now amply rewarded. In close up, the florettes are everyhting that summer flowers should be. In the wild, the plant is known as mullein. There are around 360 species in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. For those who care, it is a member of the Scrophulariaceae family. As I write this, I realize that I made the same remarks last year. Another anniversary. The dance of the seasons.
From the side of a house in Mount Sion some builders have removed the weathered hung tiles and stacked them on the scaffolding. They have arranged them neatly in rows and stacks so that from a distance they look like old leather bound books.
Among some workman's tools by the roadside are a kettle, two caddies for tea and sugar, and a teapot with a cracked spout.