Too hot for plotting

The thunderstorm warning for Friday came to nothing and there was no rain, and there’s none forecast for at least another week.  Not only that but the temperature looks like exceeding 30 C/85 F most days this coming week.

It’s been too hot for plotting so apart from watering all I’ve been, and will be, doing is harvesting and taking some photos on my after breakfast visits.

This was the plot last Wednesday.


I’ve been giving cucumbers away and picked the first few climbing French and runner beans.

I’ve also been lifting potatoes as I need them, but with the ground being so hard it’s not been easy, and picking plenty of delicious blackberries.




The crocosmia are flowering profusely this year with the bright orange-red flowers contrasting well with the green sword-like leaves.

Several times during the past week or so I’ve caught glimpses of a bird on the plot which I thought was possibly a young robin that hadn’t yet acquired its red breast.  On Friday I got a much closer, and longer, look at what proved to be a dunnock. They are shy birds that generally stay out of sight so I was pleased to see, and identify, this one.

Have a good week!


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28 Responses to Too hot for plotting

  1. Jo says:

    It’s the same here, no rain and higher temperatures forecast for this coming week. We get quite a few dunnocks in the garden, it can be difficult to tell them apart from the sparrows unless you’re quick.

  2. We’ve been lucky to have a couple of downpours in the past week or so, including a significant one on Friday evening.

  3. CJ says:

    Lovely to see a dunnock, they’re fun little birds. Just a few drops of rain here, on the day the children finished school, which is a long-standing tradition. The weather did its best, but still it was nothing to speak of really, so it’s all hands to the watering can here as well. I’m buried under a runner bean mountain at the moment, but I’ve a feeling they will all come and go very quickly this year. I should really try staggering them next year. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ it sure was, they’re a much under-rated bird. I think that we all need more than a few drops. Lucky you, better too many than not enough. That’s what I try to do but rarely, if ever, succeed. xx

  4. Mark Willis says:

    I have Dunnocks in my garden very often, but most plentiful at present are Goldfinches, and the annoyingly strident and persistent Blackbirds. The latter seem to spend all their time shouting at each other – “Chip! Chip! Chip! Chip!”, and it goes on from about 4 a.m. till after dark! My French beans are good this year, but the Runners have still set hardly any pods, which is a major disappointment to me because I look forward to them from about January onwards.

    • Flighty says:

      Mark lucky you with the goldfinches. Blackbirds can be rather annoying. I’m hopeful that my dwarf French beans will do well to compensate for the poor runners. Cheers.

  5. Carrie Gault says:

    We had a little drizzle here yesterday for a moment – hurrah! I was out hiking in it but I hope it made it to the allotment. We’re going there today some time, I hope it’s good news but really I am expecting little from it to be honest – not being able to go water everything everyday is causing problems for us, plus I was so ill last week, Andrew didn’t want to leave me after work. This year may not be the best at the lottie but we’re still having fun and I love seeing everyone else do well. Hugs to you xx

    • Flighty says:

      Carrie lucky you, some drizzle here would be most welcome. I hope that you got to the plot. Good for you, that’s the way to look at it. Thanks, and to you too. xx

  6. Liz says:

    Those blackberries look wonderful!
    I read that there is another Great British Bird Count underway, it is hoped with the largest number of volunteers ever. Are you participating again?
    After about ten days like you are experiencing — no rain, hot temps — we were deluged on Friday afternoon. Over 60,000 in Lexington without power because of downed trees and lightning. They brought in linemen from other states and at 9:30 last night (30 hours after the storm) the lights came back on!

    • Flighty says:

      Liz they tasted as good as they look. There’s a butterfly count on at the moment, which I do, and the next bird count is early next year.
      Goodness I do hope that we don’t get weather like that here. I’m glad to see that your power was restored. xx

  7. Jade says:

    We ever had that kind of false alarm too. It was quite frustrating at times to see some potential rain gone – being blown away by the wind! You plot may look a little dry but I can still see a lot of very beautiful flowers! And it’s very productive! You’ve got plenty of good harvest I can only dream of. Those blackberries look really yummy!
    Pray that you get some rain soon despite the dry and hot forecast!
    Thanks and same to you!

    • Flighty says:

      Jade it’s so annoying when that happens. Thanks, it’s still looking reasonable given how dry and hot it’s been. The blackberries certainly are yummy.
      Thanks, that’s what we’re all praying for. xx

  8. Sharon says:

    Life, as well as the heat has kept me away from the plot. Daily watering is essential and still everything looks parched. Flowers are looking lovely as ever.

  9. Stay cool and enjoy your lovely blackberries! Xx

  10. snowbird says:

    Good to know you are getting good harvests and the torrential rain didn’t flatten the plants. The weather forecast is wrong every time here, we are always promised rain that rarely comes. We have lots of dunnocks here, wonderful little birds that flit through the hedges and under the eaves, good to know you have one! I would love it to cool down and rain. This heat is driving me nuts!xxx

    • Flighty says:

      Snowbird thanks, it’s a relief on both counts. That’s rather annoying. Lucky you, as you say they wonderful little birds. So would I. Me too. xx

  11. menhir1 says:

    Your crops and flowerings are well ahead of ours, even with the milder weather we have eventually had this year. We have a choice of growing salads, when the birds deign to leave some for us! My Crocosmia are still putting growth into a healthy crop of leaves.

    This year we seem to have more Sparrows in the garden than Dunnocks. As I understand it, Sparrows were few and far between in your region. In previous years we’ve been visited by plenty of Dunnocks and fewer Sparrows. We have also seen many Starlings and varieties of crows so far this year. There’s been the occasional visit from Wagtails.

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir that’s not really surprising, but you may well end up doing better than here. I think that a clump of crocosmia always looks impressive.
      Lucky you. Sparrows have certainly declined here, and I rarely see any nowadays sadly. You sure do see a good variety of birds. xx

  12. I love dunnocks, such understated little birds. Stay cool Mike!

  13. lowcarbdiabeticJan says:

    Those blackberries look delicious.
    I wish it would rain, the heat here in the UK has been way too hot!

    Stay as cool as you can.

    All the best Jan

  14. nikkipolani says:

    Nice to have seen (and identified!) a new bird on the plot. 85F is too hot to plot. It was 99F when I got home from work. Decided to wait a few hours before tackling any chores.

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