This month’s illustration puts me in mind of a flamenco dancer, with the big smile and large red flower pinning back the hair… er… Anyway… Here is August, featuring pear-shaped peridots (see what I did there??) and a large California poppy (yay, homestate!). Poppies in general translate to eternal sleep, oblivion, and imagination, which is quite fitting for the flower that opium is derived from. Red poppies, specifically, symbolize pleasure. So, if you ask me, August ought to turn out to be a good one! Enjoy!