It's crazy hot here! The temperatures are soaring--95 degrees as I type, with a forecast for even higher temps the next two days. Sure, it's hotter in Phoenix where newly married Daughter lives, but Illinois has something Arizona doesn't--humidity. The buzzword here these days is "heat index," the combination of heat + humidity, which means it actually feels like 110 degrees or even hotter outside. I took over a dozen photos out in the garden early this morning before I realized the blurry images in my viewfinder weren't from not having my contact lenses in yet, but because the camera lens fogged up from all the moisture in the air! The windows of my house were equally foggy. Hazy days indeed.
|'Sunrise Rose' lantana loves the heat, but I don't.|
All this heat and humidity is making me lazy, too. There's much to be done in the garden, but I just don't feel like leaving the A/C to do it.
Early morning or late evening is about the only time I want to venture outside. Some half-hearted attempts are made at weeding, but for the most part, I don't do anything much more strenuous than deadhead lilies. The passalong division from best friend Beckie, 'Dragonfly Corner,' is the most prolific bloomer of the daylilies right now.
Although 'Nettie's Ruby,' more passalongs, are still going strong, too. The heat is even creating a haze in my brain. It's a good day for staying inside and reading some blogs, but I'm too lazy to even write a coherent paragraph today. Instead, I'm opting for extra-large photos and random thoughts . . .
I'm still on beetle patrol morning and night, but the Japanese beetle population seems to be going down. The yellow Knockout Rose 'Radsunny' finally is able to put out new blooms.
Earlier this spring I was regretting that I hadn't planted any cleome. Not to worry . . . it has re-seeded all over one end of the lily bed.
I really should deadhead the 'May Night' salvia, but that sounds like too much work right now. Besides, the bumbles don't seem to mind it as is.
I also need to plant the new hydrangea I bought. This is not the optimal time for transplanting anything, but I couldn't pass up this bargain at one of my favorite garden centers. This 'Little Lamb' was only a penny, with a $30 purchase . . . which means, of course, I have a few other plants to plant as well:) There's Sophie again in the corner of the photo--maybe I could get her to dig a few planting holes for me.
One of the chores I try not to neglect, however, is the watering. In this heat, containers need to be watered every day, and I have so many new plants in some of the beds that I try to make sure they get a good watering every few days. The arbor bed has most of the new plants, so it gets special attention. Maybe it's not as dry as I think if these little mushrooms are popping up.
Today it's the veggie garden's turn for a good watering. It will be a few weeks before the first tomatoes are ripe, but they're looking promising.
Sugar peas, on the other hand, were a bust. I planted them much too late, so it's my own fault. I think I picked enough for one serving of peas.
It's nearing 8 AM, and I am already "glowing." Who am I kidding; I'm no Scarlett O'Hara--sweat is pouring down my face, and my shirt is plastered to me. Time to stop taking photos, turn on the sprinkler, and head into the cool house. But wait--there are green beans to pick again! Oops, I had forgotten to check these in awhile.
Twenty minutes later, I'm finally ready to head indoors and call it a day.
Mr. P and I love fresh green beans, but there is no way we'll eat this many right away; besides I still have some in the fridge from last week's picking. I really should put these up in the freezer, but that means boiling water for blanching them, which would heat up the kitchen. "Don't be such a wimp, Rose!" I scold myself. My mother used to can green beans with a pressure cooker on days like this, for heaven's sake . . . in a kitchen without air-conditioning! My pioneer spirit kicks in--along with a little guilt, I surmise--and a few hours later, I have several quarts of very fresh beans stored away in the big chest freezer.
Ah, finally time to sit down with a good book and relax. Unless you're a tropical native like this hibiscus, this heat is stifling and can be dangerous. Check on elderly neighbors and family to make sure they're all right. Keep hydrated and stay inside where it's cool if at all possible.
On hot and hazy days like this, it's okay to be lazy.