Tuesday, June 20, 2017
For the first time in years, I planted snapdragons this past winter. Here in Central CA, snaps are "winter color." Not this year, though, as we had so much cloud cover and rain that the plants just didn't want to bloom.
Once April rolled around, though, they were beautiful, and grew tall and blossomed and smelled delicious.
June, and a heat wave. I mean HEAT WAVE, with temps in the hundreds for a week. Right now, as I type this, the weather report is that it is 107 out.
I expect heat like this at the end of July, but not in June. Especially since I just stopped wearing winter clothes about 10 days ago.
Even the plants were not expecting it. Bernie's peppers are cooking on the stem; my container corn is withered and trying to tassel too early, and all the snaps have given up. Pansies, too, are suggesting that they are ready for the compost bin.
By this time next week, temps are supposed to be back to a seasonal level. But I wonder how many more plants we're going to lose by then.