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.