Friday, July 31, 2015

July Forecast _ Hot

Yes, June 2015 was unseasonably hot (weeks of 90 to 100) and will go down in the record books as being the hottest June ever recorded! Our average June high is 73 degrees F.

And July forecast_ continued HOT. We cannot recall August type weather so early in the season. Funny how one looks forward to 80 degrees following 100! Is it possible that August will give us back our June and July?

Despite the heat, the gardens have done surprisingly well, and another nice surprise this month is the Blue Moon, a second full moon.

The Full Moon of July 1 ushered in the red sky warning
Full Moon
 
 
little visitor

Fresh vegetables harvested, leftover chicken, Quinoa...  casserole
Mourning Doves are everywhere amidst the trees


Lovers forever

Divided, potted, traveled north, positioned...
... and planted my cousin's (removed the lawn) drought tolerant deer resistant garden.
"I think I love you"
Suyo Long forming
Suyo Long harvest
6 1/2 pounds of wild plums from our Thundercloud Plum
Ceanothus Marie Simon
R. Brandy
R. Graham Thomas
Ms Robin's nest
southern garden facing north
View south
sit a spell
Armenian cucumber
Korean cucumber salad: whisk 1 TB rice vinegar, 2 tsp dark sesame oil, 2 tsp soy, pinch cayenne, salt to taste; pour over 2 lbs sliced cucumbers, and allow to marinate for several hours
Cucumbers and carrots fermenting
Dahlia Fascination
just a Hosta but slightly sunburned
Oriental lily time
Vitex
July 30: blistering record setting 105 degrees F (82 is the average)
July 31: another record setting 105 forecast

Full Moon ( Blue Moon)