Does this month seem to be going at double speed? Does that have something to do with the over-warm weather and the lack of rain? (I live in Southwestern Ontario) Is there any keeping up with the gardens?
Well ... as for the gardens, I'd'a thought things wouldn't be growing so fast because of the lack of rain. However, the heat must be causing everything to leap up. I've got several stalksof peach leaf bellflower that have full buds on them. The Sweet Cicely is blooming - a gorgeous sweep of it at the front. Tulips flower for about two days then fade. I blink and mised the sweetbay magnolias.
The other hand of it? Seems to me a lot of seeds are really slow germinating, and the ones that have germinated - some kale and coriander, beets and spinach in the gardens ... well, the tiny plants seem to have stalled in growth. I'm hoping that they are sending down really long roots into the soil, looking for moisture.
The seeds that haven't hesitated to germinate are - big surprise! - garlic mustard. It's all over my place, and several other gardens I work in.
Just realized I was asleep at my keyboard ...that's another indicator of the weird weather ... but one I'd better pay attention to.
Signing off ... and sending best regards,