Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Just because the calendar says it's June...

does not mean it's warm here.  I spent Sunday, June 1st, wearing a long sleeved T-shirt and heavy sweatshirt while at work.

It also does not mean we're out of the rainy season. I spent the day Tuesday, June 3rd, in rain gear while unloading trucks and hustling the delicate flowers inside to avoid being crushed by the heavy drops.

At home, the delicate flowers are in the ground, not pots, and so cannot be moved.  So today, our verbascum is not a "perky" lass like she was the other day. Poor dear!


One of my customers asked me if the pepper and tomato plants came with jackets or sweaters this year. I laughed and said no, but that's a great idea!  They sure need them this year.


"Hey lady, I'm a heat lover and I'm C-O-L-D!"



"Hey thanks! I'm warmer now.  I look like a freakin' elf, but I'm warmer now."


-- Wing Nut



Yolanda Elizabet said...

Freakin'elf sounds about right. ;-) Why don't you built the poor thing a nice greenhouse? That is where I grow my tomatoes as it is usually too cold here to grow tomatoes successfully with some help from a greenhouse.

gintoino said...

Very funny! LOL
Here it started to be hot again (around 26ºC) since yesterday. The past few weeks the weather was "funny" with rain (very unusual for this time of year)

themanicgardener said...

Tee hee. I use milk jugs with the bottoms cut out--not nearly as interesting as your stuff.

chey said...

Cute:).We're still waiting for the warm weather as well, but we're used to the cool.

Anna said...

I can not believe you said you had on a sweatshirt. I don't think my AC cut off all day. I have the water sprinkler still running and it's been on since this am and it's now almost am again. It was almost 90 today. Humid too!! I will try and send some your way!!

Anonymous said...

Love the hat - very good (lol)

Sarah Laurence Blog said...

I know the June weather blues well. I've learned to accept that in England it may always be 50's and raining so it's best not to look at the calendar and get depressed. At least our sun came back - I hope yours does too.

I love the pea blossom photos below.

I thought of you two when reading the novel Lottery. Have you read it yet? It's a great story about how others respond to disability and was short listed for the Orange Prize. I reviewed it this week.

Shala said...

COLD?!?! It has been in the 100s everyday this week. Next week we are supposed to catch a break with highs between 92 and 98. Whew what a break. haha

Brenda Kula said...

Well, ya need to come here. East Texas is blazing hot and humid!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

95 and 40 mile an hour winds. I feel burned and chapped. I have never seen a tomatoe dressed up before. Too cute. Maybe I should try to sew up a few tomato sweaters.

Jean Ann said...

You guys are so funny...and freakin' weird! What do your neighbors think?

Cinj said...

LOL! That sure made me smile. I needed that, I've been having a bad day today. Smiling always helps me feel better.

BTW- Who cares what the neighbors think????

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Hi Yolanda! We make mini greenhouses for the tomatoes and peppers using bubble wrap. This really works nicely but this year we got cocky and didn't do this. We'll be doing it this weekend!

Greetings gintoino. They call our climate "modified mediterranean" because we too tend to dry out here during summer months--not happening so far this year.

Hey manic gardener, I've read about using milk jugs. Haven't tried it. We usually grow peppers and tomatoes in containers on the patio and use bubble wrap to make mini greenhouses for each pot. Works beautifully. But we got cocky this year.

Hey Chey. Yeah we'll be waiting a bit longer for it to warm up. We just had a temporary memory lapse this year. Been reading too many TX blogs!

Hi Anna! Yes, please do blow some hot air our way!

Greetings Karen. Maybe we could develop a sideline of plant outfits. Wonder what kind of market there would be for that?

50s and raining describes us perfectly Sarah. And last night the winds were howling. I read your review of Lottery. Have not read it yet but am keen to do so.

Hey Shala, how about sending 10-15 of those degrees our way? I am thankful the night time temps are only a few degrees off from our daytime temps We're hovering right around 50.

Hey there Brenda and Aunt Debbi. Send some of that warmth up this way--keep the wind, we had howling winds last night. How about sewing some little quilts for our tomatoes, Aunt Debbi? Like you need one more quilting project!

HA! Don't even get me started about the neighbors, Jean Ann.

Hey Cinj! Sorry to hear you had a bad day. Very glad we made you laugh.

Viooltje said...

LOL. Well I've given up any hopes considering this crazy weather. I was barely breathing last week, it was so damn hot you couldn't even step outside, never mind garden, and this week, I need a boat maneuvering through my waterlogged garden. I'd say we need to put down a new meaning for 'extreme'.

West Coast Island Gardener said...

You put the www in this ludite's internet experience.

Looking at the Olympic Mountains right now and wondering if it is as windy for you as it this side of the border.

Maybe we should all pick up knitting needles and make sweaters for our peps & toms.

Cheers wenchy neighbours!

Wicked Gardener said...

You send me rain, I'll send you heat. Is it a deal?

garden girl said...

I hope it's warmed up and dried out some for you by now. We have heat. and rain. and tornadoes. Just a little over a week ago we had highs in the 50's and 60's. Last week - upper 80s and humid as all get-out. And DH doesn't like air conditioning. . . Today started out hot, but the thunderstorms cooled things down. Just what we need. . . more rain!

Kerri said...

Oh, you're a scream! :) (Aussie expression for very funny).
Our May was cold, as was the beginning of June, then we had a 3- day heatwave last week. You can imagine how well that went over with our still unacclimated systems!
Today is overcast and cool again. It feels cold!