We are now in summer and I was hoping to put all my troubles behind me. Of the first four days of the season, there hasn’t been much to complain about except a two-hour window of intense craziness on Tuesday.
There we were, minding our own business, enjoying what was promising to be another delightful summer day. Never ending blue skies with a hint of haze in the distance from the smoke of the Australian bush fires. The sun was beating down and there was barely a puff of wind. The previous two days were in the category of ‘so far so good’. We were all hoping the turmoil of spring was well and truly behind us. This season ahead of us has a lot of responsibility on its shoulders to help us feel good about the weather again.
Then things started to change. Around 1:30 in the afternoon, the humidity began to rise dramatically up to 90%. The air felt thick and then it started to rain. Now I don’t mind a good rain as our water tanks are uncomfortably low as we head into what is likely to be a dry summer. And a good rain is good for the garden. It was only a brief three hour rainfall where a mere 5mm was deposited onto the garden and hopefully some of it made its way into the water tanks. Rain I can cope with.
But what was the worst was the wind. Before the humidity rose, the wind was toying about with the garden with breezes of less than 10 Km/h and it was just enough to keep the temperatures almost reaching the mid-twenties still feel light and not oppressive. When the humidity rose, it felt like all hell had broken loose, the wind within half an hour of a gentle breeze had become a roaring 25km/h. But not to be stopped there, it whipped around the garden caused mayhem and havoc for the next two hours peaking with gusts of 51.5km/h. Then as quickly as it came, it all died down, the rain stopped, and the wind returned to breeze conditions. However, just to taunt us it picked up to around 30km/h momentarily a couple of times across the evening.
It didn’t last long but wind can be a bully. It whipped through my rocket, it tousled with the sunflowers, it teased the tomatoes, it flattened the onions, it leaned on the corn and it brought down the bok choi. The rocket and the bok choi had bolted to seed in the latest bout of unpredictable weather and I was leaving it for the bees to enjoy the flowers, so it was no great loss there. New seeds had already been sown. The onions were already beginning to flop over and so the decision on when to harvest was made a little easier. The sunflowers managed to stand their ground in the face of it all and their heads still stand tall and proud. The tomatoes were gently tied into place and the corn was nudged back into the upright position. The wind may be a meany bully but this time it didn’t get the better of us and the garden will go on.
Looking forward to the rest of the month, the boffins are suggesting it will be a warm and dry time, however at quote from the Metservice website says: “Bottom Line – Westerlies continue during December”. Great. I think my next project will be to seriously investigate wind protection options!
Come again soon – we are in summer and the sky is mostly blue.
Sarah the Gardener : o)