This day in 1976, we set a record that we may have broken last night. The low was 39 thirty-three years ago. It's currently 39 and clear. I would say it's sunny, but the sun hasn't made it over the tops of the trees just yet. Our average nightly temperature this time of year is 56 degrees. I sure hope the tomatoes don't suffer a huge setback. Lots of blooms even on the beefsteaks. I was really hoping for a mid-June harvest.
This should be our last night of chilly temperatures. I've said that three times now. Mother Nature has a sick sense of humor trying to prove me wrong. This time last year, we were in the upper 90s and even 100s by the first week of June. As Kris says, it's going to be weather whiplash with upper 80s by the weekend.
This spring has been unusually wet. Or maybe the last couple of years have been unusually dry. That's part of the reason I started this blog. I wanted to keep track of the weather, blooms, and when plants seem to reach their full potential.
Out in the garden, many of my perennials are budding. Lemon mint Mondara, Rudbeckias, shastas, petunias, datura, etc and so forth. I even saw one tiny coreopsis bud yesterday on what I believe is a Full Moon variety. I'll know for sure when it finally pops. Since this is my first year growing some of these plants, I'm not sure if this is normal. It will take 3 years to determine a pattern. More long term planning is in my future.
With Memorial Day this weekend, things at the store will be slowing dramatically over the next week. Purchase orders will be much smaller. Inventory will be reduced as minimum orders decrease. We'll even cancel some orders as sales drop. We've already noticed over the past week that people are buying less even as they visit more often. Where did the last 3 months go?