Last summer was marked by rain, constantly falling upon our heads and stopping many fruits from developing properly. Everything in the garden seemed to rot or fail to thrive. This year Spring took a long time coming, but when it did, the garden exploded in a riot of colour and energy. The last couple of weeks has seen temperatures of the high 20s and low 30s every single day. It has been difficult for me to enjoy I must say, never feeling any breeze, always trying to cool down, being attacked by mosquitoes. I agree wholeheartedly with Jane Austen when she wrote "What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."
I am trying to take Thoreau's attitude more to heart - yes the heat is a bit much and we are having to water some plants daily at the moment, but we have picked an excellent crop of raspberries this year, the apples on our little apple tree are looking fabulous and our courgette plants (especially the ones sat on the bathroom roof) are flowering madly.
Of course the lawn is looking yellow and crispy and quite ugly at the moment.
However on a positive side, we now have a lovely table and chair set in the garden!
I hope you are all keeping cool - I think this hot weather has come over from the USA where it was even hotter and more unbearable.
"In lang, lang days o' simmer,
When the clear and cloudless sky
Refuses ae weep drap o' rain
To Nature parched and dry,
The genial night, wi' balmy breath,
Gars verdue, spring anew,
An' ilka blade o' grass
Keps its ain drap o' dew."
- James Ballantine