Stupid Hot

muggy morning egret sightingIt wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t hurt to breathe! It’s 81 degrees in the potting shed right now and the humidity is only around 70%. But for June it’s hot! And visibility is down to stupid and Rhode Islanders have been warned not to breathe-in this afternoon due to stupidly elevated ozone levels. Usually we can keep breathing at least into the second week of July…

We’re in the last push to plant before the 4th of July Asclepias combos in the Idea Beds(Gail’s deadline since she usually takes next week off). Yesterday the Deadheads finished planting the new beds in the Display Garden and two weather resistant Rockettes planted the last stragglers in the Idea Beds today. I think I can speak for everyone, plants included, when I say that it’s hard not to wilt in all this mug! So we encouraged the volunteers to go home after tea (The Rockettes today had none of that and just moved into the potting shed shade to sort tulip bulbs). My days have been spent watering and pondering things like how sticky I am and how the wind is an awesome garden designer! Asclepias and YarrowAsclepias (Milkweed) has self-sown all over the Idea Beds and I am loving every minute of it. I couldn’t have come up with a more outrageous combination than this milkweed and yarrow if I tried (and I do try!).

The pond 6-27-07The pond is looking pretty low – I hope we get rain soon – I hate to think what could happen to my favorite frogs if it stays dry. (Thunderstorms are predicted for tonight and tomorrow but fingers crossed: we’ve heard that one before.) Yesterday I came crashing into the water garden and startled this pretty little heron from its wade. I remembered that I should walk more gingerly this morning only after I had frightened it away again…Black-Crowned Night-Heron

3 thoughts on “Stupid Hot

  1. Kris: Not much cooler here and no off shore breeze to cool it down. Right now at 6:00 p.m. it is 88.2 F. I am sitting with the fan blowing! I need to think of a blog for tonight and it is too hot to contemplate. That is quite the gorgeous combination! I do have those colors in the front bed, nasturtiums in orange and yarrow in the pink but they are not the same height although I am liking the color combo. Drink gallons and stay cool!

  2. kris, your pictures are looking great. i was wondering if you downsize them for the blog or if they are already a bit on the smaller side. anyway, the photo of the heron made me want to zoom in on it and try to figure out what it was thinking about you at the time. walk softly, carry a big jug of water?!
    i have consumed over 2 gallons of water in the past two days just to keep the joints free and the skin from hardening. i sort of got stuck with the task (and i am not complaining!) of shingling a southern exposure for the last couple days. how i long for a water garden to wade. i would love to join the heron and the frogs. i am now officially on the hunt for a seriously sweet cowboy hat. anything more wicked bester than my current get-up consisting of a made in china camo ball cap with a made in china bandana underneath (which covers my neck of course).

  3. Layanee, Yesterday I could SEE the seabreeze but hardly felt it! Your neck of the woods does catch the extremes, doesn’t it? – the most snow and the hottest hots!

    Brendan, Something so cool happens if you click on a picture! That said, the heron pic IS small because I had to crop it to find it! You and me both on the kicky cowboy hat hunt – maybe I could commission a certain traveler to the South West to grab us a couple… By the way, how about starting a building blog? (tell us about building houses, bio-diesel conversions, songs…)

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