That's the question that most of us in the Memphis area have been asking each other all summer long. To my memory, this has been one of the mildest summers we've ever had! I'm not complaining, it's been wonderful. Even the rainfall has been adequate; I've had to water my flower pots only a couple of times, albeit they're in a fairly shady area. I've had them in shade in prior years and still had to water every day because of the heat.
What we have experienced as an almost perfect summer has not translated into other parts of the country, however. The area that I visit in North Carolina, for instance, has seen rainfall totals that have shattered previous records. For example, the NWS reported 19.70" for Boone, NC. The previous record was 13.05" in 1941. See what I mean?
The vegetable gardens in this area of NC have suffered mightily. I went to the farmers market in Blowing Rock yesterday. A lady asked one of the vendors if he had any okra, and he told her that with the cool, cloudy weather, his okra is just "languishing." Yikes, if okra is just sitting there, what is everything else doing? The answer is not much.
What's bad for the veggies, though, is great for the flowers and foliage. Everything is green and lush! Here are a few photos from my neighborhood.
My plan for this weekend revolves around the annual benefit auction at Penland School of Crafts. If you like art, check out the auction catalog. The art this year is spectacular and at all price points. Let me know if you want me to bid on anything for you!
Have a great weekend.