I like it when the little hens-and-chicks plants around the yard start blooming. The flowers are highly photogenic. I've heard people here refer to them as petits artichauts, but they're not artichokes at all.
Back in June, the plants started looking like the ones below. Some seems to start reaching for the sky, and then a few weeks later the flowers appear. The photos are from June 23.
The first photo above and the two below are different views of the same cluster of flowers. I took all of them on July 21. So the flowering has gone on for a month.
The news just reported that the grain harvest in France is the worst in four decades. That's because of all the rain we had between January and mid-June. Now it's extemely dry here. The weather is fickle, that's for sure.