This heat, day after day. The weeds are thriving. The lettuce is totally finished. The collards and kale are much smaller than usual. The green beans are iffy – a fair number of beans, but the plants are definitely not as big as usual. The eggplant plants are huge – but no blossoms are turning into veggies. I think I should have harvested the celery last week. And the potatoes are just about ready. In the herb garden, the fennel was so happy it took over everything. And the wild grape, which tries to smother the trees, really loves this weather.
Where the impatiens are in the shade, they are huge. The snake bed in front is having a hard time. The raised flower bed, with dahlias and daisies, and many kinds of tiny yellow flowers just looks exhausted. And leaves are starting to come down from many different trees.
The birds totally desert the patio in the middle of the day. Everyone retreats to the deep woods until about 5 p m, when there’s enough shade to venture out.
89 degrees at 10 in the evening is not our normal summer. And watching Carolyn’s great It’s Commonly Jazz last Thursday at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park – I really did not feel good enough to work the crowd and collect a 2 year supply of hugs, as I usually do.
Thank heaven for the rain that just ended – it’s now all the way down to 80 degrees at 10 p m.