This heat gets to me. I am fine sitting around in the shade of the open doorway with a book, but the moment I have to do anything, I soon get tired. The most blessed relief today was when I stuck my wet-with-sweat head under the cold water tap! I'd been clearing roots out in the two areas roses are going tomorrow. I got a whole trug full of roots. I can't recall the name of the plant, but why did I buy it? Invasive? You bet! It has a white flower, sort of orange-blossom scent (which actually makes me feel quite sick) and reddish stems.
I am watering the veg and roses and susceptible plants (the just-planted trees etc) twice a day. Every time there is water in the washing up bowl for whatever reason, that goes on the garden too - the poor Magnolia tree has just been the recipient of that as it is looking a bit sorry for itself and the leaves are browning.
This was yesterday's sunrise (about 5 a.m.) but though it gave a shepherd's warning, there was no rain, just another hot day. This really is turning into a rerun of 1976, only with the occasional splash of rain - but not enough to be of benefit.
So I have had one of those bitty days. I finally got around to strigging the Blackcurrants that Danny cut for me on Sunday (I always cut the fruiting branch off and strig them indoors in the cool). Then I remembered that the "wild" Blackcurrant at the top of the yard (where I used to grow them when we first came here) had fruit on it so donned my wellies and cut back a few brambles and got a good picking off of that. All washed and frozen now.
I have started on a new crime novel, Sharon Bolton's "Dead Woman Walking" which is the sort that grab you on page one and now I'm on page 130 since breakfast-time! I can recommend it. I found it (and a couple of others) in the books donated for Charity, in Tesco. I shall look out for other of her novels now.
Not quite the show of Nasturtiums I normally have in the top of the wall, but amazing I have any considering their little roots must be frying daily!
Right, this won't do. Time for a proper hair wash and bath and then back down for an hour's tv before bed.