Yesterday the weathermen were all about the storm that was coming in during the afternoon and evening. They claimed heavy winds with scattered thundershowers and possible heavy downpours. So of course I put off watering. And with the wind I was worried. So I tied up my pepper and eggplants to the stakes that were put in ages ago.
Then I decided heavy wind and rain would knock down my sunflowers. They are huge. Maybe eight feet tall. Maybe even nine. They are much taller than my trellises that are seven feet plus the six inches of the bed. I figured I'd stake them with the bamboo. It would be tall enough for them. But the bamboo wouldn't go into the ground. So I took my three foot T-posts and pounded them in. Then used string corral the sunflowers. They are only three feet high, but it does support the bottom part of their stems. Now they are much more upright than before.
And since it was going to rain I held off of watering the plants. What a mistake. We got zero rain - and little wind. OK maybe a couple of drops, but the rain gauge still says zero. So this morning I had to get out and water the whole garden and our new landscaping. We really need some rain. Today at least is a break from the heat. We ought to be only a few degrees above normal, but by Thursday it is back into the 90Fs again. I could have sworn I lived in the north.