The intense heat that is August has arrived; it began in earnest last week and now the temperature hovers around the very high 30°’s C and into the 40°’s C. Too hot for me. I try to get up early, 6 is what I aim for but that is also the moment when it is a pleasant temperature to sleep so I have to choose, sleep or work in the garden – a difficult choice. In the greenhouse it is 45.9°C – too hot for most plants to thrive, and impossible to enter except first thing in the morning.
I haven’t kept up with repeat sowing seeds I would like to have at all times, some days I can only just keep abreast with harvesting all the good things that are growing well; I’m not complaining but as I’ve said many times before gardening books and tv presenters rarely admit to how long the harvesting of tomatoes for instance can take. While I’m picking I usually remove the leaves lower than the trusses and Italian habit that would, I think, help UK gardeners or gardeners anywhere the climate is wet or humid to avoid the dreaded ‘mildew’.
As promised I’ve photographed the slope in evening light rather than morning light; the sun is shining directly onto the slope for most of the day at this time of year. Pennisetum villosum is the star of lower angle light and wherever it is in the garden it almost demands to be photographed late in the day; all the better as between 9 and 5.30 or 6 it is just too hot to be outside, I am lucky that the thick walls of our old house keep at least the ground floor at an acceptable temperature; when I walk in from the garden I sign with relief.
Is it hot where you are? Do you have summer rain that makes it humid or conversely are you in the middle of winter just waiting for those spring flowers to emerge?