Thursday, May 31, 2012

More Growth

The temperatures over the weekend were decidedly over 90 degrees. I actually turned on the AC for the those two days because, well, the comfort of the cats was paramount. They were afraid of the box fan which sits on the livingroom floor keeping the air at their level circulating. It took a couple days to get used to it but then Pilchard was spotted with her back to the fan, enjoying the breeze.

Today, the temperatures aren't expected to crack 60. It's like November or March out there. The bright sunshine and heat of Memorial Day weekend caused the plants in the flower pots to grow.

This was Saturday morning.

On Monday afternoon, they looked like this. 

There hasn't been much appreciable growth since the weekend and with the temperatures, at night, down in the 40's, I worry, just a bit, that growth will be nipped in the bud. For example, look at the hydrangea which is off the deck. 

Notice the "burned" areas on the leaves. I was concerned about that so I did a bit of research. That's the result of the record March warmth that caused the plant to bud out sooner than it should have. It's frost damage from the April into May "normal" temperatures we had. It won't affect the plant other than to make the leaves look bad. Indeed, it's got a lot of flower heads on it. 

It's just been the weirdest weather I can remember this year. No blizzard. Hardly any snow. Summer in March and cold, damp weather in April and May, but not enough rain. Like us, plants are probably wondering just what the heck is going on. 

This weekend, I will attempt to pull the deck chairs out of the storage unit and position them with a view of my growing seedlings. I'm reminded of a song John Denver sang on The Muppet Show

Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground
Inch by inch, row by row
Someone bless these seeds I sow
Someone warm them from below
'Til the rain comes tumbling down

Gonna get a red geranium this weekend, too. 

Beverage:  Huckleberry tea


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