hot town, summer in the city

Well, we’re into the dog days of August here and it’s not even August yet!  Sigh.

However, there is one thing that keeps my spirits up when everyone is frazzled, grumbling, pushing and shoving in the downtown streets trying to get as soon as possible into their air conditioned office.

Yup, you guessed it – flowers!

As you can see, here in Toronto they grow them to match the fire hydrants!  Well, sometimes they do, anyway.  Other times, no – but they’re still pretty, eh?

This, I think, is my favourite colour ever.  Hot coral flowers!!

But then I see more of this lovely buttercup yellow…

…but then I see loveliness like this and I start getting very, very confused.

It’s sensory overload, really…

I can’t decide which pink I like better, the one above, or this one:

… and then there is the glorious red of these (poisonous, I think, though) berries!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t show you some of my favourites – the humble sunflowers!

I also loved this little carpet of flowers here…

…which look like this closer up!

Now, you know I love vibrant colours, but even white looks good at this time of year…

And I guess that we have the blasted heat to thank for all of this fabulous bounty.  So, I’ll just have to suck it up and get used to it.

And anyway, at least it still gets cooler in the evenings…

This tree, by the way, was at least six feet away from the lamppost last year.  I find it fascinating how the leaves gravitate toward the light.  In this weather, I must confess that I prefer the dark.  Oh well.  Good thing I live next to a forest and all!

A very happy and colourful Tuesday to you!


6 thoughts on “hot town, summer in the city

  1. Sequana says:

    It’s not that hot yet! *L* What a wuss you are…’s perfectly wonderful weather. I don’t even have my A/C unit in this year.

    I can see you’re not a gardener. Those aren’t sunflowers, but they’re pretty. All those first pics are of day lilies, but after that you’ve gone beyond me.

    Sunflowers are 8-10 feet tall…….with sunflower seeds in the center.

  2. Amy says:

    We’ve been using the A/C since April and will use it until late September ast least. I think all of the flowers are beautiful…no matter what they are called. I like the salmon colored one in the 5th picture the best, I think.

  3. clarabelle says:

    Wow, what superb flowers! The lilies are fantastic… and those yellow flowers, I think, are rudbeckia.

    It only seems a few months ago when the backdrop to all your photos was snow, Kristina! I’m always amazed at the extremes of temperature you have, whereas our climate is so much more constant throughout the year. I’d love A/C because I like it to be a bit chill in the house, especially at night; but the weather here doesn’t really warrant it, unless you have dosh to throw around…

  4. Kathy Rose (in honor of the flawrs) says:

    In re: pushing, shoving & rushing in the heat. One thing I learned when visiting hot places: Move slooooowwwwwly. You can almost enjoy the heat then. It’s not just slow movement, it’s an attitude toward life that is very fleeting at our northern latitudes.

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