As long-time readers of this blog know, we -- like many gardeners -- have often struggled during the month of August to keep our garden from becoming a stultifying green cave. This year we've made some progress, thanks to the flowering cross vine (orange) and a purple clematis. Stephen, who's in charge of vines, trained the cross vine to grow up the wall (it sticks), where it now occupies a corner of the grape arbor, while the clematis (which doesn't stick) managed to make it up the same wall, using a Virginia creeper as support. Orange (neurotic) and purple (sedate) is always a good color combination, in my opinion. I'll have to remember this in a few months, when everything in the garden is asleep and the ice is dripping from the gutters.