The heat makes me glad.

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Today was one of the hottest days of the summer, at least 97° in my garden at the peak. But after a week of my being indisposed and then out of town, there were piles of yard work that needed to be done. Piles to be made, of pine needles and trimmings of spent flowers, and wisteria vines. I was able to plan my day so as to work (or walk) outside until 11:00, and then again at 3:30 or 4:00. When the sun is slant, the heat is not so unendurable and long-lasting.

The Apple Blossom penstemon is at its peak right now, so it doesn’t need trimming – only admiring.gl-27-lemon-p1050606

 

 

Last month I gave the lemon tree another iron treatment and some extra food, so the new leaves are looking healthy. And the lemons are growing, too – yay!

Some things are a little out of sync with the seasons – a couple of the lavender plants are in full bloom, almost three months late. By next spring I expect they will be on track with the rest.

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Rudbeckia with toys

In the greenhouse, some greens and hollyhocks are coming along – and on the front right, those are the little lily plants that I managed to start from the black jewel-like seeds I collected at church.

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Strawberry Tree – Arbutus unedo – fruit with pine needles

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I pulled all the remaining leeks to make room for planting those greens, and lots of pea seeds. I hope later this week.

In the afternoon I chopped the roots and the upper tops off the leeks, standing at the patio table in the shade. It was still very warm, but since I was not exerting myself very much I could just bask in the balminess, and remember periods of my life when I lived in places with less coastal (brrrr!) influence.

I was a little worried when I noticed that about half of the leeks had started to form tall stalks. I wondered if they would be the woody and unusable parts that happen when flowers are forming.

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But I read online that if that is the case, there will not be layers of flesh. And if you do find a hard and tough core, they say you can just discard that part and use the remainder of the leek. These stalks had no signs of flower buds, and inside they looked normal. So I cleaned them and added them to the pile ready to chop and cook.

Today was probably the last hottest day. Tomorrow won’t likely get above 90°, and the next day the high will be in the 70’s. As I type, at 7:30 in the evening, it is still 80° outside. 🙂 This weather is too late to ripen the tomatoes, but comes at the perfect time to warm my soul.

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6 thoughts on “The heat makes me glad.

  1. Your gardening warms my heart. So many and varied plants under your care. Our penstemon in Colorado cease blooming in June. I thought it was because they did not like increasing heat during July and onwards, but yours have proved me wrong since you have temps in the 90’s.

    Those leeks look so healthy, and you are sure to make something yummy with them.

    Thank you for pretty pictures from your garden!

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    1. Fogwood, I knew they were edible, but I thought they were fairly tasteless. So in response to your question I went to Wikipedia and read, “It is edible; the fruit is sweet when reddish, and tastes similar to a fig.” Really? I love figs!…so just now I went out and ate all the red fruits there were – more than I ever remember, probably because I pruned it hard a year ago, into a tree shape – and while I wouldn’t say they taste like a fig, they do taste good! Thanks for the prompt – now I won’t let them go to waste… although, the red one in yesterday’s photo had already fallen on the ground this morning.

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  2. I also loved the warm weather yesterday and today! Basking by the pool time! We played at being lizards soaking up the sun. But what do you do to keep your lemon tree healthy? Mine is suffering and so is its companion, a mandarin orange, from some kind of sticky white stuff on its leaves. And it drops its fruit before it ripens. It’s probably not happy to be in a pot.

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