So the garden has been in for a few weeks and so far everything is thriving. I haven’t lost a single plant – save for a few leaves of a squash plant that seems to have made for a meal for a squirrel or rabbit – but overall unscathed.

We have had some very nice weather – dry sunny days and a few evening thunderstorms here and there to keep things moist. A few of the tomato plants are already showing some fruit and several more are blooming – so it may be a banner season.

Meanwhile, I have added a fig tree to my patio and I hope that will produce this season.

For some reason I have been into graphic novels lately and have been collecting a bunch to read this summer. First up is the great Planet of the Apes: Before the Fall Omnibus by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko. This collection brings together three separate stories that inform the Planet of the Apes Universe before the story we know from the original book and films start – and it is epic and excites the heart of this POTA super fan.

About Planet of the Apes: Before the Fall Omnibus by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko:

“Twenty years before an Astronaut named Taylor fell from the stars, the Planet of the Apes is gripped with a cataclysmic crisis between Apes and Man! Collected together for the first time in one prestigious omnibus, experience the entire critically-acclaimed Apes saga from Gabriel Hardman (Green Lantern) and Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy), and celebrated illustrators Marc Laming (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Damian Couceiro (Old Man Logan). Features Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, Exile on the Planet of the Apes, and Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm.”

Planet of the Apes: Before the Fall Omnibus by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

Just when I was barely recovering from finding the Trafalgar Square building kit from LEGO® Architecture, I stumbled upon another awesome LEGO find: the Flintstones collectible toy. And now I’m geeking out all over again.

About the Flintstones collectible toy from LEGO:

“Enjoy modern Stone Age suburban life in Bedrock with this LEGO® Ideas 21316 The Flintstones collectible toy! A wonderfully nostalgic building toy, it features The Flintstones house and their iconic family car. The detailed house has a removable roof for easy play, an opening front door, sofa, TV, coffee table, bowling ball and bowling pin elements, plus a green garden baseplate with a buildable palm tree. Build your own Flintstones vehicle that seats 4 minifigures and features a new-for-March-2019 fabric car roof element and an attachable dinosaur rib for creative play. The first animated TV series ever to be aired in a prime-time slot, The Flintstones cartoon was first broadcast in America in 1960 and has become an enduring family favorite around the world. Recreate hilarious scenes with the included cartoon character minifigures of Fred Flintstone, wife Wilma Flintstone and their friends Barney and Betty Rubble, or simply build and display this instant classic LEGO Ideas model.”

If you know someone who may or may not be celebrating a milestone birthday this summer – this would be the perfect for him.

Find the Flintstones collectible toy from LEGO here.

Visit the world of LEGO online here.

So I took this picture of what I though was a nice native Kansas prairie wildflower, and it turns out to be classified as a “noxious weed” by the state.

Musk Thistle apparently is invasive and a danger to the local plants. But, I have to say it was quite pretty on this stunning day.

I have posted many times about fine note cards I have found over the years – I have quite a collection now but always looking for more. The Tiger boxed note cards I found from the fine folks at Burro are just what I need to perk up my note card stash.

About the Tiger boxed note cards from Burro:

“Perfect for everyday use, this boxed set of 6 tiger cards offers a stylish solution to your stationery needs. Blank inside for plenty of writing space. Letterpress printed on 100 lb ecru 100% recycled paper. Comes with matching envelope. Measures 4.25″ × 5.5″ inches. Designed in San Francisco.”

Find the Tiger boxed note cards from Burro here.

Visit Burro online here.

OK, I have said it many times, I LOVE the few weeks every early summer when the various varieties of orange day lilies are in bloom. Back in New England the blooming season was roughly the first couple of weeks of July – at its peak between the Fourth of July and Bastille Day – the best of summer. Here on the Kansas Prairie the season starts a couple of week earlier – which means it is happening now. I came home last night to find the first bloom of the season and I was thrilled.

Honoring our flag and all it stands for on this Flag Day…

FF: The Handcrafted Candles from Voluspa

The fine folks at Voluspa have created a great collection of candles that come in some of the best scents you have ever had the opportunity to enjoy. These are not your ordinary scented candles, not even the ones you think are a cut above, these are the best you can find anywhere.

About the Handcrafted Candles from Voluspa:

“Voluspa is true handcrafted California luxury. Exquisite scents, cool, colorful, reusable containers that we design in house and perfectly formulated candles are the backbone of who we are. Our ingredients are rare, sourced globally and fine fragrance quality. Each ingredient contributing to an exclusively unique fragrance that is far above and beyond that of typical department store candles.”

Learn more and find the Handcrafted Candles from Voluspa here.

FF: The Ocotillo Bloom Short Stick Tube Incense from Chango

Meanwhile, I am a big fan of incense and have been burning it for years. But it seems I only thought I knew incense because the stuff I have been using is nothing compared to the Ocotillo Bloom Short Stick Tube Incense I found from the fine folks at Chango.

About the Ocotillo Bloom Short Stick Tube Incense from Chango:

“Inspired by the Sonoran Desert, Ocotillo Bloom is soft with fresh, herbal notes. Tennen incense is developed in collaboration with incense makers in Kyoto, Japan. Made of natural materials, the incense is clean burning.”

Find the Ocotillo Bloom Short Stick Tube Incense from Chango here.

Visit the Chango shop online here.

Just in time to keep my summer drinks cold I have found the Teakwood Roamer from the fine folks at S’well. Not only is the Teakwood Roamer from S’well stylish and practical – it is super elegant and looks great.

About the Teakwood Roamer from S’well:

“With its sleek, nature-inspired design, the Teakwood Roamer is equally at home in the wilderness or at a workout class. S’well Roamers feature triple-walled, vacuum-insulated construction, designed to keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12. Made from 18/8, food-grade stainless steel with superior construction that allows for refilling and reusing easily to reduce the need for single-use plastic water bottles. Features a sleek silhouette, making it the ultimate companion for your every outdoor adventure.”

Find the Teakwood Roamer from S’well here.

See all the great bottles from S’well here.

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