Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Heat

I woke this morning sleepily conscious of something different. A cool breeze was blowing through the window. For days I have been planning to write about heat. Relentless heat. Sticky heat. Air so thick it is almost a physical barrier, making one move slowly. For a month I have spent almost all my time indoors, deprived of nature. The heat makes me dream of Maine, where we go tomorrow. Cool sea breezes, salt air, the scent of balsam fir on a shaded woodland path. Piles of blankets. Sweatshirts! Skies that are clear blue, not white with heat and ozone.

My poor garden lies abandoned, a sea of wilting green. Here's how it looks this August.


I used to think the garden's appearance in August reflected badly on me as a gardener. But I notice most gardens around town look the same. Too many days of 90-degree plus heat and summer dryness for plants to do much more than survive.

Here's the same garden in May.


I grew up in Michigan. Each year by mid-February we became restless after months of snow and cloudy skies and cold. During the school's mid-winter break, everyone took off for Florida, desperate for warmth and sunshine.  In the South, I have the opposite experience. Each August I become crazed with the desire to go North, tired of hiding from the noonday sun and the mosquitoes that make the cooler morning and evening hours intolerable.

To Maine!

11 comments :

FlowerLady said...

How wonderful that you had some cooler temps, that is a real treat after such a hot summer. It will be another couple of months before we feel any coolness.

Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

Sheila said...

I know - this is a rare treat. It's usually not until mid-October that the heat breaks for good. It will be nice to have a taste of fall.

linniew said...

I'm so glad you get to go North! Maine sounds wonderful. I weary of the summer weather in August too, and we have so little heat here in Oregon-- But my gardens all look like someone who hasn't slept in days...

Sheila Read said...

Linnie, my gardens look like a woman past a certain age who hasn't slept in days and is wearing the same tired old yellow-green dress day after day ... the honeymoon dreamed of in March is long over ...

pumpkydine said...

You have just given me hope that this oppresive heat will end someday soon, Ha Ha! I long for those cool evenings and mild days of fall. Hope you have a great trip to Maine! Bring back some great stories, pictures and early fall blessings.

flaneurgardening said...

Personally I could do with a bit of heat...

But yes, gardens will reflect seasons, and so it should be. Otherwise we should be doing window-sill gardening, right?

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

I think your garden looks great for August! I too am looking forward to some cooler temperatures but I will have to wait for October for that since our vacation is over and the kids are all back at school. I hope y'all have a wonderful visit to Maine! They don't have mosquitoes?

Donna said...

Sheila having green in August in the heat is nice although I know you would rather have blooms. How nice you are off to wonderful Maine. Enjoy the release from the heat!!

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

You can't beat Maine for relief from heat and a lot of other things.

Stacy said...

Even that handful of sentences about heat were potent enough. Oof! Enjoy some respite in Maine, splashing your feet in cold water whenever you like!

Cat said...

Enjoy your retreat! We left these horrendous temperatures for Colorado last week and were giddy with excitement! We hiked until we could hike no more, ate every meal outside, and languished in the sunshine...it was fabulous!!