It Is Summer In Texas ๐ŸŒžโ›ฑ๏ธ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ‘’

It’s 104ยบF (40ยบC), babe! The last several days, we’ve reached three digits. But today, we made it to the 40 degree Celcius mark. It was sizzling warm outside. But for tomorrow’s events, it suppose to be ten degrees cooler. That’s called a “cold front” in Texas. ๐Ÿ˜‰ All our sunflowers seem to love this hot weather. They just keep smiling at us.ย ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

The Tiger Lily & The “Autumn Beauty”

I’m not physically feeling well, today. But I couldn’t stay in bed and in the house all day either. So I walked around my raised beds to see what’s growing and in bloom. Sitting in the house is uncomfortable and depressing. Even when I couldn’t stay outside for long, at least the fresh blooming Tiger Lily and the “Autumn Beauty” Sunflower put a smile in my face. ๐Ÿ™‚

Refreshing June Rain

The last several weeks, it was very warm in North Texas. We had temperatures mostly in the mid to upper 90s. The forecast for the upcoming days don’t look any different either. But we’ve got a break, today. This morning we had a thunderstorm with much needed rain. And that storm cooled down the temps quite a bit. While I’m writing this blog, it’s only 71ยบF. By the afternoon, we supposed to reach only mid 80s. Oh yes, I enjoy every little bit of it. Earlier in the morning, I planted more peppers in my home raised bed. Digging in the wet soil felt so good, again. A cottontail rabbit watched every move I made in the garden; in hope, I might give it some cabbage leaves for it to nipple in the yard. I’ve also noticed, that my jalapeรฑo plants have more blooms, and my tomato plants are producing more ‘maters. That makes me feel good.ย After the rain, I captured photos of rain droplets in the garden and yard. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunflowers In The Colony Community Garden

Summer is coming early to North Texas this year. Since a couple of months, there are several big sunflower plants growing in my first raised bed. I’m still not sure, if these are self-seeders from the previous season, or a critter left some seeds of the Common Sunflowers from a nearby field in my bed. The chances are great, that some of the seeds I’ve been sowing haven’t produced last year. And now, we have some big shading plants standing tall in the Community Garden. They produce a lot of smaller heads. But they look very pretty and are very nice pollinator attractors (honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds). The birds will be happy to have fresh sunflower seeds in late Summer, again.

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Summer comes early, and so do the sunflowers this year.