It wasn’t quite the heat disaster that was forecast but, nonetheless, it was a very hot day, hot enough to give me a dose of the heebie jeebies. A friend reported 28C in Dun Laoghaire and a record temperature of 33C for the country was recorded in Dublin. It is being reported as an unconfirmed record for the present – the record to date is a temperature of 33.3C recorded at Kilkenny Castle in 1887.
The Head Gardener, who moves far faster than I early in the day, was out watering potted plants before breakfast while I arose a little (maybe a lot) later and moved slowly to get the day under way. With breakfast over and a few chores dealt with I decided on something light and easy outside, painting the road gate which only needed a light rub down before painting and there was the shade of overhanging trees so I felt it was not unreasonable work even in the hot conditions. Before I was finished, less than an hour, I began to feel nauseous and light-headed but some drinks and a shower perked me up very quickly:.
Hemerocallis, the day lilies, seem not to mind the hot weather at all and are in full flower:
We spent the afternoon inside and I cut the grass when it cooled down in late afternoon. Sitting on the lawnmower was actually pleasant at that time as it was overcast with a nice breeze though it became quite heavy and muggy later in the evening. Some rain is promised for tomorrow morning and late afternoon and it will be welcomed by garden and gardener.
And this hot weather is perfect for drying the garlic and the onions: