Everything in the garden is so far ahead of itself!? The daylilies should start blooming 2 weeks from now – and they’re already nearly finished!? Just like the peonies – which were finished mid-April, when they shouldn’t have bloomed until the end of May. The magnolia has been blooming for weeks already, when it should just be starting.? And the mimosas all over town (I’ve never grown one myself) are out in all their glory.
The potatoes -? the green part looks like it’s already September – don’t know if the below-the-ground action is the same, but it seems likely.? The peas never flourished – it was already too hot when I put them in.? But the bok choy has been happy with the heat.? And, being way ahead of time, has already started going to seed. The collard greens look like August, but the green beans don’t seem happy.
The impatiens, stricken with some kind of fungus this year, are struggling and some are disappearing.? (Global warming seems to be giving parasites and fungi the extra heat they need to really flourish – frogs are being badly damaged by parasites, and some are nearly extinct.)
So what is the garden going to look like in September, or even August, when everything has played out?
None of this feels right to me.? Because, of course, it isn’t.? But it may be the new normal.