June 26, 2012
Uber-Summer Begins...88 Days Until Fall
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The mercury reached 109 Fahrenheit today. Let's give that a moment to sink in: 109F today. As I write at nearly 10:00 pm, it's still 98 degrees. The prediction for tomorrow is cooler weather: 104F...a slight improvement.
With a few exceptions, not many plants stand up to intense temperatures and prolonged periods with little rain. There are a few stalwarts in my garden that manage to remain calm and collected no matter the conditions.
Clothed in cool silver/gray foliage and shades of lavender and apricot; globe mallow, prairie verbena and verbena bonariensis don't find themselves slumped over at midday, wilting under the summer sun. They stand arms wide open, enticing any determined butterflies and hummingbirds that dare to be out and about in the harsh heat of the big, bright sun.
As uber-summer takes a firm grip on our fair city I'm taking notes on which plants are sturdy and confident in the heat and which might need to be relocated. Uber-summer is always a good time for taking stock and doing some mid-season planning and dreaming of our second growing season. Lots of dreaming...
Countdown to fall: 88 days.