One summer when I was a young girl,
I read all twelve of Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Lang's
"colours" fairy tale collection: the Blue Fairy Book, the Yellow Fairy Book, etc.
It seems in many stories, there was a cottage sequestered in the deep woods
or more often, a cottage garden full of old fashioned herbs and flowers.
If there is a cottage garden season, July must be its peak.
So to celebrate the magic of summer, here are a few: