Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heat Wave

Our summer arrived in full hot force last week. 


Temperatures are creeping above 30'C now, and the humidity is making it feel like 40'C

 
Our above-ground pool, which is not heated, reached 30'C yesterday ... thankfully just getting wet does cool you off somewhat.
 
 
After a long day of work ... and I spent the entire day outside for it! ... it was a relief to just float around for a half hour before supper.
 
 
The butterfly bush is doing so well again this year, and I catch faint whiffs of it when I'm in the pool.
 
 
The bees buzz all around it, but still no butterflies ... I don't know how they can miss all those blooms!
 
 
The daisies are at their peak and looking a little lost now that the butterfly bush has grown to overshadow them.
 
 
I've started watering the plants in the early morning.
 
 
They're all doing amazingly well!
 
 
I've been ignoring the garden in the front of the house because it's too hot to work out there.
 
 
 
But I look down at the garden from my living room window and it makes me feel guilty to see a few weeds growing higher than the cone flowers & lilies!
 
 
So yesterday I went out to do a bit of quick gardening before the sun came around to the front of the house.
 
 
 I was pretty much melted into a puddle after that!
 
 
The weatherman forecasts a cooler 25'C by the weekend. 
 
 
I can't say I'll be disappointed ;)
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Wendy
 
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41 comments:

  1. i am so in love with ur english and flower pictures.........they look pretty tranquil.....all of them....

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    1. Thanks Meghana, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  2. Your garden is a delight! Stay cool.
    Jane x

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    1. Thanks Jane, I hope you're staying cool too :)

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  3. Your garden is so gorgeous. I understand how hard the heat can be on flowers, though. Some love it and others just seem to suffer. I hope you stay cool. :)

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I've been watering every morning, but even by afternoon some of them are drooping ... poor things!

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  4. Oh for an outdoor pool - I am running cool baths in the evenings but it's not quite the same! Your buddleia looks great - ours is just about to flower but like you we have hardly seen any butterflies as yet. Lovely summery pictures x Jane

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    1. I've been reading about your English heat wave, but it sounds like everyone is thankful for it. Maybe you can run through your sprinkler to cool down ;) Happy weekend Jane!

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  5. I think it is awesome that you have a pool! We have been talking about putting in a bigger pool because it seems the kids have outgrown the kiddie pool concept.
    I love the cone flowers. They always add such a warm splash of color in the garden. Your lilies are looking great too!

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    1. Our pool is one of those soft-sided inexpensive things, but worth every penny! You can't jump around in them, however, and a lot of people complain about the seams splitting on them. Ours is four years old now and no complaints. Next pool will be a hard-sided above-ground, as we don't want to go to the huge expense of an inground pool. BTW Stacy, I love that photo of you with your beautiful butterfly wings! ;) Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Great photos....especially the one with the bee! :-)

    I had to look up a conversion of 30 Celsius to see what that was in Fahrenheit...I wasn't sure. Looks like it's 86...I wish we could cool off to that. It's been close to 110 here everyday for the past week or more. Ugh! It's certainly not helping the firefighters as they battle a huge fire in our local mountains. So scary! I love summer but with this fire I'm ready for Fall and cooler temps.

    Your warm pool sounds so nice to float in. :-)

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    1. We have high humidity levels as we live beside Lake Ontario. When they say it "feels like" 40'C (104'F), it really does. The humidity is a haze across the landscape, like a thin fog, making it hard to breathe. 30'C without humidity would be bliss. I hope you stay safe from the fires, I would find that so unsettling. Even though the temperatures are high, I'm enjoying my summer and not ready for fall just yet! Have a great weekend Cheryl.

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  7. Your garden is so, so beautiful and the pool must be bliss for a cool off ... Bee xx

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    1. Thanks Bee, the gardening is now taking a rest (too hot to work), and all I do is pull a few weeds while I water. The pool has been pure delight again this year ;) Happy weekend to you!

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  8. These pics are beautiful! I have a butterfly bush too, and I didn't even realize it had such a sweet scent until after I bought it. That was one of those nice garden surprises. :) We're melting down here too. I'm so ready for Fall-like temps. Your flowers are so pretty! Try to stay cool. :)

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting ;) I didn't know it was scented either until I started snipping off the dead heads and couldn't stop inhaling it! I am LOVING this summer even though it's a bit humid at the moment, that is supposed to clear off by next week. I don't wish for fall too soon as we have long winters.

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  9. Your gardens are beautiful. We recently moved to a dry mountain area and I have a lot to learn about gardening here. Thank you for visiting me and my Craftroom. Oh yes, I am very blessed. :)

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    1. It would be interesting to learn about a new "zone", but I'm sure I would miss some of my favourite flowers if they didn't work well in the new environment. I just couldn't get over your craftroom! So many fun details throughout. Have a great weekend Patti, thanks for visiting ;)

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  10. Looks so pretty! I just got back to BC from spending a week in Southwestern Ontario - now I remember why I left!!! cannot stand the humidity. and it wasn't even that hot.

    Enjoy your summer as best you can - thank God for a/c!!!

    xox

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    1. Yeah, it's not the heat, it's the humidity! My brother lives in Victoria, and you couldn't ask for better weather (no wonder so many people retire there). They promise a break in the humidity by next week, but I'll be north beside lakes and rivers then and it won't matter either way ;)

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  11. your flowers are always so beautiful-stay cool

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I'm glad you enjoy them :) I hope you're keeping the heat at bay in your neck of the woods too! Have a great weekend!

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  12. The garden is looking so pretty, I love the echinacea I so wish I could grow it here but my soil is to full of clay. The heat is waving here to with temperatures up in the high 20's the last few weeks. ~ Sarah x

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    1. I've read about your hot summer, and hope you're finding some way to keep cool. I pulled out all kinds of cone flowers last summer, but I guess they have deep roots and they've returned despite my hard work. They were just looking so awful last year, but seem better this year (maybe they just needed a thinning!). Have a great weekend Sarah :)

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  13. Miss Wendy everything is beautiful... from your butterfly bush, cone flowers, daisies to your fabulous day lilies everything is just beautiful..
    Stay cool hugs, Cherry

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    1. Well thank you Miss Cherry ;) It seems the heavy rains we had earlier in the summer have given the flowers what they needed to survive this heat! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Your garden is gorgeous ! I wish I could grow a big clump of echinacea but they disappear ...(snails favourite I think !) Gail x

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    1. Mine kept getting some kind of blight on them, and last year I finally tore them all out. Of course, they reappeared this year, but they seem to look a lot better now! Thanks for visiting Gail :)

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  15. So many gorgeous blooms here!!!! It is so hot here as well!!! You are braver than me...I have gotten outside at night to water a bit but that is about it!!! Loving your garden friend!!

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    1. Ha! And now having written about all that heat, we've just had one big violent thunderstorm tear through here and the temperature has dropped to 20'C!! I hope you get a break from the heat soon Nicole :)

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  16. Oh, what a heatwave you are having!! Your garden is looking so colourful and amazing, Wendy! So many pretty flowers in bloom! I like the butterfly bush, it's so pretty, and I guess the butterflies will come by soon.
    Love all your photos :)

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    1. Thanks Hilde ... after a couple of weeks vacation, the garden is an absolute jungle now! Butterflies and hummingbirds have been spotted at the butterfly bush :)

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  17. Your garden is looking fabulous to me! Such glorious colour :)

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  18. Things have cooled off by now, haven't they? You have a gorgeous garden!

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  19. Wendy your photos are just gorgeous! I love all the colour of your garden in bloom and I bet the scent is just heavenly! Hope you have acclimatised to the heat and have not melted away! Looking forward to catching up with you soon, Hazel x

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    1. Thanks Hazel :) I think the only scented flowers now are the butterfly bush and a couple of barely scented roses. The heat wave has passed us by, and I've just returned from a couple weeks vacation .... need to catch up with everyone!

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  20. I am so glad the temperature has dropped. There were days where just breathing was enough to make you break out in a sweat. It has been wonderfully cool and I am even beginning to wonder if we are in for an early fall.

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    1. Yes, summer came in a quick hot blast there, which I loved, but I do enjoy having the windows open rather than the a/c on. I hope fall is not coming early!

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  21. What a beautiful garden Wendy! It looks like everything is thriving, in spite of the heat! How lucky to be able to cool off in the pool! And don't you just love watching the bees do their work!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, things have changed again in the garden since I wrote this post, but it's been a good gardening year for me :)

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