Monday, June 13, 2011

Time to Say Goodbye ...

How any of the cool season plants are managing to hang on, let alone thrive, in the unseasonably early summer heat, I do not know.  But halfway through June, these two Swiss Chard plants have continued to brighten my corner of Katy.   I've been trying to remember the provenance of these plants ... are they from a package of seed that mixed the prosaic green variety and the much more colorful 'Magenta'?  Did I sow them in pots and then move them here, or did I seed them directly?  Was the green one a division from a pot I bought on clearance at Lowe's? ??????????  Loath though I am to admit it, the Head Gardener is correct in stating that I need to keep better records of such things.  I could argue that she needs to remind me to do so but I'm not in the mood for a standoff ...


I suppose it doesn't really matter now since as of this morning the plants were yanked, chopped up and left to decompose in the rose bed where they were planted.  The Head Gardener says it would be more accurate to say that they have been left to cook ... the temperature rose to 104 today on my corner of Katy.  What's really sad is that I have already reached a point of grim resignation regarding the excess of heat and the lack of rain.  Or to put a positive spin on it, like the Swiss Chard, I have exceeded expectations and accepted the weather for what it is.  That's today, mind you ... tomorrow you may hear me ranting and raving again!

9 comments:

Susan Tomlinson said...

There's something cathartic about yanking up plants...

Elizabeth Barrow said...

I'm with you! Yanked the petunias yesterday...

Leslie said...

The heat is just starting to get going here but I'm sure I'll be in your boat soon.

Commonweeder said...

We are having another cold patch again. temperatures in the 50s. I'm sitting in front of my woodfire this evening. BUT we did get delicious rain over the weekend. I have no complaints.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Good lord, 104! You & the head gardener are made of sterner stuff than me.

Gail said...

Each day the pansies get closer to getting yanked! I'll miss them when they're gone, but geeze louis I will not miss watering their container. gail

David said...

Hi Cindy,
You almost gave me a heart attack when I read the title. I was thinking you were saying good-bye because you were moving away from this splendid heat wave, drought, and horrible Houston humidity.
Rock Rose says one of her friends calls it Gardening on the Edge of Mordor...a reference to the dreadful landscape in JRR Tolkein's trilogy. I feel a strange comfort in knowing others feel the same as I. Thanks for staying.
David/ Tropical Dust Gardens :-)

PJ | Home and Garden Decor said...

The heat is really taking it's toll on our plants as well. I'm just wondering when the first limitations for the use of water will come in effect since we had hardly no rain at all in our area.
I can't remember any other year it would have been so dry and so hot in May/June yet. Wondering what our July / August will look like.
Hang in there and Happy Gardening
Paula Jo

Cindy, MCOK said...

My fellow Texans are doubtless as envious as I am of Commonweeder's weather!