This was the oncoming hail storm in mid-August, 2004. I hope this doesn't happen again this year. Knock on wood!
Here it is the first day of August, hard to believe it goes so fast. I have a wonderful calendar with flower paintings for each month, and August reads:
Indulge in idleness...
Sit and enjoy the flowers in full bloom...
Sounds like a good idea to me! I've had to rest a couple of days because of overdoing it. I reorganized about three different areas in the strips and added some new plantings. Digging in hard-packed clay at this time of year is NOT fun, but I wanted to get this done because each day kept calling for some good rain. Hah... NOT!!
Speaking of August, today's local newspaper says that "Monsoons and heat means it's August." This year has been so strange though. The monsoons have been stalled over the western part of the state, with no signs of shifting any time soon. It looks like we are in for a drier year all overall, even with all of the spring moisture we received. There is ample evidence that global warming is the cause. In 2004, we had a violent hail storm which I just want to forget. And in late August of 1992, it got down to 39 degrees. Talk about temperature extremes! Makes gardening interesting, for sure.