Like most of the rest of the country, we've been suffering from a prolonged heat wave around here. Some of my favorite plants are giving up, no matter how much we water them. In front of the house where we have our impatiens, they are wilting under the heat. The front of the house is usually the ideal place for impatiens because they get the morning sun. This summer the morning sun is about 88 to 90 degrees. The poor impatiens just can't take that sustained heat.
Even my clematis, which usually do well all summer are giving up. The picture on this blog was taken about a month ago. This poor clematis is long gone, burned up under the cruel rays of the sun.
Last year we had an extended heart wave. Bill loves the impatiens, because they bloom all summer up until the first frost. I don't think they're going to make it through August this year.
In the back yard I put three bird baths under the newly planted river birch trees. The birds flock to it. This heat is hard on them too. As soon as I fill the bird baths and even before I get back into the house they are in the bird baths splashing around, drinking, and cooling off. I'm filling those bird baths about eight or ten times a day. Bill thinks I'm crazy. No, I'm just helping my feathered friends. I might come back someday as a bird. I would appreciate someone helping me out.
It is so hot around here that even the mosquitoes have disappeared. I'm not taking my daily walk on the boardwalk. In fact, I'm not doing too much of anything outside. I haven't weed whacked in about two weeks. I don't care. I'm letting the backyard go au natural.
The challenge for tomorrow, Bill and I are going to go down to the Delaware DMV to get our driver's licenses renewed. Even the DMV now has Security Theater because of 9/11. Now we have to take our birth certificate, Social Security Card, two forms of mail to verify our address, and submit to a whole body scanner. I was just kidding about that last part but I wouldn't be surprised if they groped us too when we went in. The good thing is once we jump through these hoops our licenses are good for five years. That should take both of us out to the End.