It came around three this afternoon, the point when normal gardening became impossible. Not many outside of Ireland realise that Irish people melt when the temperature goes above 25C (that’s 77F, Google has told me!) but it is a fact and that point was reached yesterday and today.
In these days of staying at home – social distancing, is the new name for this – gardening has been our daily activity, our pastime and we are fortunate to have a reasonably big garden so there is always something to be done. This morning, I trimmed a number of hedges. They only needed a trim as they had been cut in the not too distant past and there has only been a little light regrowth so the clean-up afterwards was a very easy job.
There had been a build-up at the compost bin so I started a little shredding before lunch and finished it in the afternoon but only after taking time for a short walk across our road and down to the riverside to see what wildflowers I might spot. It is amazing how a visit to an area visited many times already will reveal plants not noticed previously or plants which were not in flower on earlier occasions – there always seems to be something of interest.
On return home, hardly a five minute walk, I completed the shredding, piled the shredded material onto the compost bin and cut the two front lawns. They need to be cut every second or third day to keep them looking well and I was anxious to do this before tonight’s forecast rain arrived.
It was time to call a halt! To be honest, I was being a little careful this afternoon as I had overdone it yesterday, working for too long in the heat and not drinking enough – I drank two litres of water when I went indoors today as I was so thirsty.
The forecast is for very heavy rain overnight, even thunderstorms, and then rain all day tomorrow. It will be a chance to take a rest and will be an ease from this heat – tomorrow, I may not melt!