Starting Thursday, the forecast shows temperatures in the mid-90s through Saturday. The ten day forecast is even more promising, with temps dipping into the low-90s. In terms of morale, that drop below highs of 100 degrees is huge. Life begins anew.
With the advent of cooler temperatures, my thoughts turn again to the garden, which sadly, looks as if it suffered through the same extreme summer heat that the rest of us did. Approximately half of the new plantings I put out in late spring/early summer look like this:
Yes, my friends, that once was a living thing.
And since this weekend is the Labor Day holiday, I think it's appropriate to fill it full of chores that have been, for one reason or another, left undone, one of them being pulling out all the things that died. I'll also take the opportunity to tidy up the garden for fall. I think I'll leave off re-planting ornamentals until the spring, but I have plans for a winter garden and so I might as well get things ready for that. I want to re-vamp the drip irrigation system to make it more efficient, so I'll probably do some future posts about that little project.
If all that isn't enough to fill out the labor days (or if it gets too hot and I have to go inside), I also need to finish making some window screens for the west side of the house and finish painting the trim in the dining room.
I have plenty of motivation for clearing my undone-chores list, since as soon as I do, I can start on my next quirky project, which is to build my own custom-fit-to-me randonneuring-style bicycle frame. Yes, I will be welding.
So the long term forecast is this: Grit returns to the Bike Garden. Read all about it here.