But it's a DRY heat...
I didn't get a lot done outside this weekend, that's for sure. It was 109 on
Saturday and 105 on Sunday. We're not supposed to get out of the 100s all
week. My lab spent quite a lot of time lounging in his wading pool, I almost
kicked him out of it so we could use it ourselves. Times like this I miss
having a pool but I still don't miss the maintenance.
I did get out and check a lot of the watering, I thought some of the stuff
was looking kind of wilted. I use those "leaky" hoses for my vegetable
garden and they have a tendency to split as the season goes on. Plus every
now and again a critter bites through looking for water. I did find one hole
so I just wrapped it with tape and I'll replace it next season. But the
plants looked a little wilted not because of non-water but because it was a
million degrees out there. I gave them all an extra soaking and that will
have to do for now.
The japanese garden seems to be getting hit a bit harder than the rest. I
have some woolly thyme that is starting to die back and I'm not sure if it's
the heat or not. There's another clump that gets more shade and it looks
better, but you never know there might be other reasons for it. The liriope
look a little stressed too. The japanese maple, poor thing, is definitely
suffering - it was an experiment for this area so I don't have great
expectations for it, but it's lasted so far. The hakon(whatever) grass is
mostly hanging in there, one clump is definitely getting too much sun but
the other two look pretty good.
I tied up the tomato vines too; the @#%% squirrels are climbing up the cages
and breaking the vines. I can't get rid of the squirrels but hopefully this
will stop the breakage, and maybe provide more protection for the tomatoes.
Speaking of the !*#% squirrels, something took off with the only lemon on my
lemon tree. I'm ticked. I'm determined to have lemons but I don't seem to
have the knack for growing them in pots. This particular tree is 3 years old
(I've killed a few others) and this year, for the first time, I had a lemon
grow to get bigger than a quarter. It was at least golf-ball sized when
something chewed it off. Well...maybe next year.
I also went hiking very early Saturday morning, my friend I go with has been
enthusing about our trips so we had a group this time. 5 people and 7 dogs,
and we weren't the only ones up there. As more of the hills get flattened
for subdivisions the area that's left is getting pretty crowded.
And I picked almost all the plums, got maybe 6 pounds or so. Not sure what I
want to do with them - can't stand to be in the kitchen unless we turn on
the real AC (not just the swamp cooler), but that really jacks up the
electric bill, so making jam isn't high on my list. Maybe it's back to my
old standby of fruit leather.
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