Wacky Weather, Wacky Week Altogether
I must have blinked, because we seem to have gone from Winter right into Summer...forget Spring. We hit 96 here today (a record high)...warmer than it was in Phoenix, AZ, which is always my test of whether it's hot here...or anywhere, for that matter. The tree pollen count is so high that they can't even chart the number in a graph without some distortion on TV. It feels like we are all going to choke on the yellow dust that covers everything in sight. Cough, cough...wheeze, wheeze...pass the Allegra-D, please.
N/M/E asked me if I'd taken a photo (above, left) of the pink dogwood that grows in front of our front porch yet...that I'd better do it quickly, 'cause it might not have any flowers on it at all tomorrow. One day is had tiny buds...the next day, it had beautiful pink blossoms...and then the leaves popped out overnight. Yikes! Everything seems to be happening so fast. All the daffodils are bloomed and gone...and this morning, I noticed both daylily buds forming and some iris blossoms about to open. Daylilies? Iris? The first week of April?? How odd...
Supposedly, we've got another day of high heat before we get some relief...both in lower temps and some much needed cleansing rains. Maybe that will wash the pollen dust away by the weekend.
Taking a break from the long To Do list of chores to get ready for the upcoming weekend Birthday Celebration for N/M/E, I took advantage of the glorious sunny day and worked outside most of Monday, repotting some plants that survived the winter indoors. My lemon tree...started from saved seed a few years ago in MO...had outgrown the confines of its pot last year, but I just didn't have energy last Fall. Ditto the beautiful Mandevilla vine that Realtor Sue sent us as a housewarming gift...poor thing, it never made it out of the plastic "grower's" pot that it came to us in...as well as a hearty bunch of chives that have miraculously survived two winters and a move. Now, they are all hap-hap-happy out on the deck, in new soil and pots. I also potted up some herbs (oregano, parsley, rosemary, lavender, and basil) and a Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato for the deck garden.
I took a short cut on the flowers for the porches this year: I got "already potted" groupings of flowers called Container Replacements from Lowe's...you just pop them in your pots and add water. I did sneak in some beautiful purple petunias to the white geranium and spiky green foliage (is it artemisia?) of one. I also found some pretty potted-up coreopsis at Walmart which followed me home and are now gracing the front steps. Those last ones did get a make-over when I added three Hot Pink vincas to each of the bright yellow coreopsis pots...just like we had read about doing in the gardening section of the paper on Sunday. Like I said about the weather...instant Summer!
Time to get to bed for the night. Lots to do on the To Do List tomorrow!