June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: What 109 Degrees Will Do to a Plant

Yesterday we broke a record in Texas. A high of 109 degrees was recorded in the middle of the city, only a couple of miles from where our garden grows. Or ceases to grow. In case you were wondering what the garden looks like (and why I'm totally ok with saying goodbye and waiting for fall...), this should answer some questions.

The gardens at 6:30 a.m., after a little watering. (Sorry it's blurry, I had peppers in one hand.)
The same gardens at 6:30 p.m., after a peak temperature of 109 degrees. Fahrenheit.
Peppers and tomatillos, 6:30 a.m.

After. Fin stopped to smell the roses, and show how hot it is.

Cucumber vines, 6:30 a.m.

Cucumber vines, 6:30 p.m.

Close-up of the cucumber vines at 6:30 p.m.

Something ate this cantaloupe. Regrettably, it wasn't me. 
Despite some ugly leaves and way-too-small cages, the tomatoes are still producing!

The giant sunflower (taller than the house! almost!) and the watermelon patch.

Fin and Ryan showing the enormity of our magnificent sunflower.
My tall hubcap can't even reach the top!

Even with all this vine borer damage, two of the zucchini plants continue to produce about two zukes each week.


Claire Jain said...

I'm a little afraid of that hollow cantaloupe. What eats like that?