That day came yesterday, though I hear we will have a pleasant little dip back into upper 70s/lower 80s temps this week. Beyond that, getting into May, we're almost certainly headed into late Spring in Austin, which means 90-something degree highs. Maybe 100's, if we're particularly unlucky.
Summer has long been the season I tolerate while waiting for the much more enjoyable other 7-8 months of the year here. (Summer here is 4-5 months long, at least in my mind. May/June - September/October.)
So yesterday we found ourselves suddenly hot, and unaccustomed to dealing with it. I took the kids to a park playdate from roughly 10am - 1pm. My husband went mountain biking with a friend from 11am - 2pm. That's not what smart people do when it's really, really hot out. Outdoor activities have to take place in the 7:30 - 10:30 timeframe (am or pm, take your pick). He came home red and drenched with sweat, and when I told him he could go ahead and shower (don't worry about the kids, in other words), he said something I haven't heard in a long time: "I'm too sweaty, I have to cool off first." Otherwise, the shower would be pointless. He'd emerge almost as sweaty as he was before showering.
We brought out the kiddie pool for the girls, and realized we are woefully unprepared for the onslaught of mosquitos. It hasn't been raining much lately, but I guess it doesn't take much.
On the bright side, all sorts of heat lovers are perking up around the garden. There are tomatoes(!) on both of my tomato plants, which are now gargantuan in stature. The Lantana is blooming again. Lots of pretty colors are coming out to mix and mingle.
|The one Crinum 'Summer Nocturne' bulb I had leftover and planted in a pot seems happy enough for now. This spot gets morning sun and afternoon shade.|
|The Crape Myrtle we transplanted still has its leaves, though it hasn't leafed out as fully as its neighbors in the back strip. I saw a few new sprouts emerging from the sides of the trunks today.|
|The Meyer Lemon has these cute, plump little baby lemons on it. My daughters already picked off all the ones on the lower branches. It'll be a miracle if these survive.|
|The volunteer Wild Morning Glories are starting their sprint up the trellis in the Purple Pocket Garden.|
|Here is one of the two eggplants that replaced the beets.|
|The Crookneck Squash is getting big and bushy. I guess I shouldn't have assumed it would be a climber! There are 3 small squashes under all those leaves.|
|My kids brought home green beans they grew at school to transplant into the garden. So, of course, we did.|
|Can you find the tiny jalapeno in this picture? I can't, but I swear it's there!|
|Our tiny carrot sprouts, planted out of season, are recovering from whatever little critter defoliated them.|
|The Sweet 100's cherry tomato is a towering 5 feet tall, and well-stocked with small green tomatoes and yellow flowers. Now to see if those fruits will ripen before the mercury hits 100...|
|The Texas Redbud peeks over the back fence where the vegetable bed is. And of course, the scarecrow.|
|I've never messed with Geraniums before this year, believe it or not. I have no idea how long they'll last into the heat, but they've been pretty since the freezing days.|
|The Western backyard bed is turning out to be the Rainbow Bed. I like that name much better. Knockout is living up to its name.|
|Lantana flowers are back! Bad photo, but you get the idea.|
|Yellow Shrimp Plant is blooming in front of another Knockout.|
|Sunflowers are bringing up the rear--my daughter and I started these seeds at the same time as our Cardinal Climbers.|
|Gotta keep everything moist for now, though these plants should all be drought-tolerant once established. Fingers crossed.|
|Finally! A Red Lanterns Columbine is blooming.|
|Its neighbor is about to show off, too.|
|Heartleaf Skullcap. I saw thick beds of this recently in another garden, so I'm eagerly anticipating what this might look like next year.|
|Another side view of the emerging Rainbow Bed. The wilting one is a new addition--Fall Aster.|
|Here's a peek around the corner that leads to the Purple Pocket Garden, and eventually the vegetable bed. It's fun to see this all green again.|
Stay cool, my friends!