My shade garden is positively buoyant today.

It finally poured rain last night and the heat has abated. (Maybe I can even run today.)

I (and the plants) feel so relieved.

We all needed some refreshment.

I wish the plants pictured below were still blooming (that was, alas, earlier in the season), but at least I can look out at a lot of verdure today.

chives

Chives and catmint

Pulmonaria (lungwort), creeping jenny and russian candles

Meadow rue (thalicatrum)