August has been a roller coaster of a month, in more ways than one. The weather has been extraordinary with high temperatures in the Mid-30’s, then occasional outbursts of rain and cooler days of relief.
The heat wave continues, we finally had some rain on the 28th of July, a heavy downpour combined with gusty winds. This brief respite filled a few water-butt’s, greened up the lawn and smashed lots of plants down, although nothing too fatally.
Now the temperatures are back into the high 20’s, no rain forecast for the foreseeable future, and we are back to hot and sticky days where I’m not inclined to do too much outside as I’m not good in this heat.
Summer has arrived, very hot days, drying winds and monthly rainfall total of 1.4mm, which is my driest June on record. I only have a tiny drop of rainwater left in one of my water-butt, and that is totally reserved for my Sarracenias. Everything else gets the hose.
August began cool and cloudy, occasional hot sunny days, and not much rain, the month ended with a scorching Bank Holiday. I had to get the hose out occasionally in order to chivy up my Sweetcorn ripening.