Based on the weather, it seems we’ve skipped spring completely and gone straight from winter to summer. Yesterday the observed high for Richmond was a record-breaking 91 degrees! Even the squirrels are struggling with the heat:
We have a bunch of white squirrels in our neighborhood (which we find awesome, in case you were wondering. :)) When I arrived home yesterday I found this one resting in the shade under our wheelbarrow planter. He stayed there for a solid 30 minutes!
The plus side of the heat is that it is finally warm enough to start planting the vegetables outside. This week we planted broccoli, Swiss chard, carrot, and beet seeds–all of which can handle a bit of cold, and we have a few 40-something-degree nights on the horizon.
We also transplanted the plants we started inside in February from the seed starting kit to individual plastic cups (with holes cut in the bottoms for drainage.) We were way late doing this, and now we are having to do some popsicle stick scoliosis treatment for the tomato plants. I think they are beginning to straighten…
This is only half of the plants, and the two giants in the top photo are tomatillos that our friend Matt gave us this week (thanks, Matt!) We’ve been putting them on the back deck for a few hours each day to let them adjust to the outdoors before it becomes their permanent home. (If that sounds crazy, you should know that when Andrew comes home from work he says, “How are the babies doing?” in reference to the plants. 😉 )
The downside to the heat is that my tulips–which I’ve been eagerly anticipating since I planted them in the fall–are blooming overnight, opening completely by the afternoon, and losing their petals by the evening.
By the mailbox:
You can check out the “before” pictures from a month ago here. It’s crazy to see the difference!
Even if each tulip only blooms for a day, I plan to enjoy them while they last. 🙂