It’s so hot outside. At 9 p.m. it’s still nearly 80 degrees F (26.6 C), and it’s early May. After dinner, I went out to water because everything looks desiccated and weak. What will August look like?
Almost all the bearded iris are spent, but ‘Carolina Darkness’ is just coming into bud. I think this will be the last one to flower this year. Had three Iris germanica flower this year for the first time: ‘No Count Blues,’ and two more, pictured here, whose names I do not know.
I will try to find them out from the American Iris Society website.
The other summer plants are beginning to assume their places on the stage: Joe Pye weed, which I feared had succumbed to the long winter, is now 18 inches high. Kniphofias that did not have flower buds three days ago now have large, cone-shaped flower structures coloring up, soon to burst into flame. Fat yarrow buds sit atop foliage three feet high. I pinched back the oregano growing in the herb scree by the street, but no one could ever tell.
Picked a handful of peas this morning and again this evening, but with temperatures like this they won’t last much longer. It’s a shame, because this is the first year I’ve grown peas and gotten any harvest to speak of. The physalis (ground cherry), on the other hand, has doubled in size in the past few days and I expect it to only go on a tear from here. Lettuce got sunburnt on Saturday and has spent the time since under some shade cloth. I have tiny cucumbers on very small vines.