Each year we generally have a few predictable "unusual" weather patterns occur here in the Pacific northwest: a snow in April and then a surge of heat sometime in May, and this year is no exception as the last several days have been horrific. Yesterday we experienced an unusual hot 100 degrees which followed a day of 95!
We observed a pathetic sight of what was to be a beautiful display of the Chinese peony as was enjoyed on May 2 of last year. I cannot show yesterday's destruction, but will only report that the beautifully formed bud preparing itself for a dinner plate sized display, opened and wilted in a matter of hours. . . exhausted, defeated, with no air left to breathe. Thus, this beauty remains in our thoughts: http://strassertalk.blogspot.com/search?q=paeonia+suffruticosa
Today and tomorrow offer reprieve as we should see a reduction in temperature by 20 degrees, followed by a return to some normalcy.
Enjoy the rest of your day.