Three fine days and then a thunderstorm they say. Well true this week - three days of sunny weather getting hotter and hotter and humidity rising. Then today plenty of black clouds around and still high humidi ty. As the day went on clouds rolled in and out, sunshine came and went. An hour ago a storm erupted - heavy black clouds, spectacular lightning, loud thunder, heavy downpour - now away it goes and the air feels fresher. Will it return? Only time will tell.
At one time such a downpour would have flattened the corn at this time of year when it is just beginning to ripen, but not any more as in corn growing areas (not here) wheat and barley have been bred with shorter stems. But it certainly does its worst on the taller plants in my herbaceous borders - but I hate to see plants tied up and restricted so I let them grow and take their chance. Strong winds are forecast for the weekend - so plants beware that too.
I shall now go an prepare myself for a one hour feast of Monty. He is on early tonight - half past seven - I don' t like to miss a min ute of the hour long Gardeners' World - as somebody said - he has become a National Treasure to rival Mary Berry.
I learnsomething new every week.