So we finally had some rain at our house last night. Right around midnight a thunderstorm rolled in and dumped about a half an inch of rain. Woo-Hoo! My plants were getting REALLY crispy and I was just about to give in and water the hell strip. This June has now officially gone down in the record books as the hottest on record in Austin, and they have been keeping records for a little over 150 years! Here are the stats for June 2008 according to KVUE weather news:
87.4 degree avg temperature - this is an average of BOTH the morning AND evening highs and lows.
99.4 degree avg HIGH temperature
20 days at or above 100 degrees (the average number of 100 degree days for Austin for the entire year is 11)
And Summer just began! Gah. Y'all laugh at me about the name of my blog, but I swear the sun is trying to kill me!
Well, thank goodness for the rain last night, it seems to have perked up my garden a bit.
The rain caused the rain lilies to start blooming. Here is yellow rain lily Zephyranthes citrina :
The first Cantaloupe is starting to swell up:
The Ginormous Turks Cap has begun blooming. This is ONE plant and it will easily be double this size by the end of the summer and reach up above the fence. You can see the scratches on the fence it leaves from the branches blowing in the wind near the end of the summer:
Native Sunflowers (I just LOVE sunflowers):
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Pride of Barbados (can you spot him? He is kinda camouflaged):
The Guara has been flowering throughout all the heat and dry conditions although it seemed to be more floriferous today after the rains (and notice the green grass in the background that gets watered by the neighbor's sprinkler - the rest of my grass is turning a nice shade of brown):
Sweet Potato Vine in flower after the rains: