Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Wherefore Art Thou Summer?


Much of the country is dealing with unusually high temperatures, but Central California gardeners are being kept out of the garden by unusual weather of a different sort. Rain. In June. Lots of it. It has been interesting to say the least. But today was a mostly sunny and bit warmer day...it may have even gotten into the 80s and I can see some of the soil drying out. I might even get to mow the bit of grass that passes for a lawn here before the BBQ this Sunday celebrating my last child's graduation from college!
In the meantime I've been keeping an eye on the berries and they are slowly but surely ripening, which is better than all at once I suppose, or getting dehydrated before they can be picked. This handful was a perfect dessert.

Tomatoes are also ripening, but in the interest of full disclosure I must admit these are Early Girls, bought in a moment of despair brought on by rain, that came with little tomatoes already on the plant. In any case, I'm keeping an eye on them too.


And lastly, the agapanthus is just about to unfold its flowers into the pseudo-umbel that rises a couple of feet above its strappy leaves. Some white and some blue of varying shades, the agapanthus will bloom over the next month or so.

   Just in time to welcome summer...I hope.

9 comments:

Carol said...

I think we have your summer here, with high temps at least, and I'd be glad for you to take it back. "Wherefore Art Thou Late Spring" is my plea!

The berries look yummy!

JM said...

I had agapanthus in my wedding bouquet- can't wait to see them bloom!

Fairegarden said...

It's about time you got some sun! Good deal on the berries and tomatoes, no matter how you came to have them. And a huge congrat on the youngest finishing college, too! Well done!
Frances

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Your fruits are beautiful. I love Agapanthus, it is the most perfect blue.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Leslie, I know the rain is starting to get you down, but it's looking really good there. Wish I could send you just a few degrees of heat.~~Dee

Leslie said...

Thanks everyone! It is warmer today...I'm hoping for a few spring days. The best blue I have right now is Storm Cloud...it isn't budding yet but I will let you see it when it does...it's wonderful!

Gail said...

I am not sure those berries would make it into the house to add to a bowl of cereal. They sure look delicious. Happiest of graduation celebrations~ gail

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I would say that you were getting our rain, and we were getting your warm temperatures... except that we still have the rains, too! :( It sure has been a weird year so far, hasn't it? I bet those berries are sweetening it a little bit for you, though. :)

ZZ's Garden said...

Your berries look delicious!

I'm wondering if this summer is going to be a cool summer like last year. My tomatoes stayed green for the longest time.