The goddess smiled on us here today and gave the first
blue skies all day long since June 22. The smoke from
the 800 or so wildfires has been so bad, ( considered in
the Unhealthy range) that there has been very little in the
way of gardening accomplished. About 15 minutes in the
morning some days, has been about it: time to pull a few
weeds, or to deadhead the roses or the day lilies.
It hasn't seemed to bother the vegies though. I got 12
tomatoes on Fri and 12 on Sat. and about 12 today Mon
I have two plants: Park's Whopper and Beefy Boy. They
are now about 2 feet higher that their 8 foot cages.
Zucchini plant is over waist high. Babcock peaches are
It was 99 degrees and pretty humid today.
I saw a tiny little female Calliope Hummer Sat. the first
one ever in my garden. They are generally mountain
dwellers and she probably came down for some fresh air!
The fires are being contained slowly; the terrain for fighting
fires is extreme, steep and forested. The smoke has
hampered the use of planes/helicopters. There have been
firefighters from over 40 states here. And we are so very
THANKFUL to them ALL.