Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How Hot Is It?

We just completed our 17th day with temperatures at or above 90 degrees! It tied a record from 1901. So it's REALLY hot and parts of the garden have suffered. The beds with irrigation are flourishing, but those without have suffered . The large containers and some of the vegetable beds are not producing like normal. Everyone (including us) has reported poor tomato performance.

The good news is: we've had some really fun, informative programs in the gardens this summer! We had a 3-day Kid's Garden Camp, a 4- session Kid's Garden Club, and a Master Gardener Summer Day Camp.

Our Fridays in the Garden volunteers have been real troopers in the heat. They continue to work weekly, regardless of heat index or temperature. They are, truly, the backbone of our gardens!

Here are some photos taken of the gardens this morning---after a much-needed rain:

The walkway into the gardens from the front parking lot.

The caladium bed ---5 different cultivars!

Pennisetum pupureum 'Vertigo' ,
Coleus 'Dipt in Wine' ,
Lantana 'Luscious Lemonade'

Happy Gardening!