It seems like it has been longer, but we are just halfway through our 120 days of over 100 degrees F (38C). The vegetable garden with its lettuce, carrots, radishes, and spinach stopped producing two months ago. I have a few chard plants straining to put forth a few small leaves. I'll keep watering them in hopes they kick into normal production in the fall. My pepper and two tomato plants never did recover from being wind burned. They struggled but were unable to produce flowers before the real heat set in which did them in.
The flower garden is blooming, but without a lot of plants it started out with. As I posted before, all the cosmos died when it hit 118 F (48C). The marigolds finally gave up this week. And the two petunias I kept watering and watering said, "Enough" and quit flowering. All the strawflowers died, and the weak blue cup,
|Celosia and Vinca|
Out in the yard, the oranges and grapefruits continue to slowly grow bigger. We look forward to the fall harvest. The lime tree produced no fruit this year, but since it lost half its leaves in the freeze last winter, it has grown new leaves on all the bare branches. Maybe next year. The flowering bushes (bougainvillea, yellow bells and oleander) are doing well, and going through bloom cycles as are the lantana scattered throughout the yard. Many trees and plants don't struggle in the intense heat and sun here because of adaptations they have developed.. I'll talk about some of these adaptations in my next post.
|lime tree this summer|
|lime tree after freeze|