Another week without rain here in my Sanctuary Garden. I’m not looking forward to my water bill this month, that’s for sure! But, it has cooled off finally. The high temperatures this week were in the low 80’s. I think I can finally replant some of my fall crops that didn’t germinate at all or didn’t germinate well. In the meantime, the cucumbers, squash, and beans are growing; and my peppers are starting to pick up on production again. See this week’s garden photos!
Last week, I was on vacation, seeing my family in Rhode Island (thus, only three posts last week rather than five). We had a great time, and I got spoiled by the gorgeous New England weather – days in the upper 70s/lower 80s and evenings in the upper 50s/lower 60s, moderate humidity, and cool ocean breezes. What’s not to love? Then, I got back to Charleston with temperatures in the mid 90s and humidity percentages to match! Thankfully, the garden survived ten days without me. The records state we got two inches of rain, but it must’ve been right after we left because my plants were quite thirsty. Other than that, all fared well. Take a look!
This past week has been extremely hot here in the Charleston area! For example, on Thursday, the temperature reached 99 degrees with a heat index of 107. And I had to harvest cucumbers, peppers, and beans in that heat. I literally had sweat stinging my eyes as I rushed to finish and get back into the blessed air conditioning. Thankfully, a cold front came through that night (minus any rain, unfortunately), decreasing the humidity and cutting the temperature by 15 degrees.
It was perfect timing because Friday was my son’s birthday cookout. I set up the tables beside my fire pit, near my berries and artichokes, then spread the table with some of my garden produce – bean salad, quick pickles, lettuce and onions for the burgers. It was very nice to share my garden as part of the celebration. But the best part was overhearing my son’s response to a friend’s comment about me, the garden, and the food; he said,”Yeah, I know. She’s amazing!” Aw…! Okay, before I tear up again, come see what else is happening in my garden!
It’s the end of April, and we’ve had several gully-washer rain storms in the past two weeks. It makes me think of that old phrase, “April showers bring May flowers.” Because spring fever is now rampant in every hardiness zone, I thought the first post of May should be pictures of spring flowers. Some pictures were taken last year – like the eggplant flower in the picture above. Other pictures show what’s blooming in my garden now. Come enjoy!