One could almost mistake this fine fall October day for a hot summer July day, except the asters are blooming, and asters don’t bloom in July.
I walked the labyrinth of the lawn late this afternoon after work, deep in thought. It might have looked like I was mowing the lawn, but actually I was planning how to battle the moles, thinking about an idea for the garden bloggers’ bloom day in winter when flowers won’t be blooming outside at my house, and theorizing on why summer seems so persistent this year.
Why has summer been so persistent this year? So hot. So dry. So long. Today I think we tied the 1922 record with a high temperature of 87 F. Don’t quote me on that, but I think that’s right. (Edit... we DID tie the record, I was right.)
While I was mowing, I came up with two theories on why we are still ‘enjoying’ summer weather in October.
Theory 1: Mother Nature is trying to make amends for allowing winter to take up so much of spring’s time by giving us more summer. Remember how we all complained about the cold weather of April? It will be a cold day in spring before I do that again!
Theory 2: The garden fairies found a long forgotten secret potion and drugged Mother Nature. She’s fast asleep someplace and so hasn’t flipped the switch to turn on fall.
I have a feeling that fall will arrive all of a sudden one day, when Mother Nature wakes up and realizes what day it is. We’ll go from high temperatures in the 80’s one day to high temperatures in the 60’s the next day. In fact, based on what the weathermen are saying, I think that’s what’s going to happen here this coming Thursday.
I just hope Mother Nature isn't so mad at the garden fairies that she makes winter colder or snowier than usual.
Any other theories on why summer is hanging on like this?