August 23, 2011

August in the Valley of the Sun, we’re under an excessive heat warning through Thursday. Today it hit 111 at 4 PM here in Gilbert, tomorrow the forecast is for 115. The dry heat you hear so much about in Arizona is the stuff of June and long gone. Once August comes around, you get enough humidity in the air so that when you open the door the heat hits you like a brick wall. The sky is an electric blue, shimmering in the heat.

In weather like this, any bush or tree weakened for any reason succumbs in a matter of days. A house around the corner from us had a beautiful queen palm tree by their entryway. A couple of weeks ago it started to turn a little browner than usual, last week there was but a single green branch drooping from its crown, today it was completely brown and dead. I saw the owner outside his house today, I said to him, “why’d you let that beautiful palm die?”. The clueless jerk looked at me like I had two heads. My flowers in my front and back pots have really taken a beating. Next year, after my winter flowers die I think I’ll go with phony flowers – at least you don’t have to keep watering them!

The pool temperature had been dropping over the past couple of weeks, from a high of 95 in mid-July to 89 late last week. It was back up to 91 today, which is what happens when your low temperature for the previous night only drops to 87.

We were extremely smart to have the insulation in our attic replaced last year – in previous spells like this the A/C unit would run all the time. Even on the hottest days this year like today it will shut off for a half hour or so. The break from the A/C is nice.

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  1. Plant cacti…they love the desert heat.

    Comment by Jana — August 24, 2011 @ 6:00 am


  2. Even in pots that have no shade you’ll lose cactus.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — August 24, 2011 @ 9:56 am


  3. Try putting little cacti umbrellas in the pots…you could use bright Caribbean colors and tie it all in with the Tiki bar theme. Always thinking about you, Dude, always thinking about you.

    Comment by Jana — August 25, 2011 @ 4:26 am


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