Summer – you blew it.

Please don't split in the rain - you're not ripe yet
Please don’t split in the rain – you’re not ripe yet

You got handed a golden opportunity on a plate to extend your reign by one full day, legitimately.  And what did you choose to do with this one free day – not reign, but rain.  All I can say for the keen gardener on this very last day of summer – You have let me down and as I look back over the long hazy summer days, this will be the day that will stick in my mind.  Not only because it was wet but because you decided to keep the heat and so it is muggy and horrible.

It will probably put an end to my tomatoes into the lingering warmth of autumn, and this is such a disappointment as I fought so hard to overcome the blight and was hoping for a fine finish to bolster my meagre harvest.

I would have dearly loved to have spent this extra day in our calendar that also auspiciously marks the very last day of the season, just pottering about and indulging in a gentle reminisce of what a fine season it had been and admiring all I had managed to accomplish, with a clear blue sky above me and a gentle breeze across my shoulder as a nod to the season to come.

The last day of summer
This isn’t what I’d have liked for the last day of summer

I love you summer, but you could have done much better with this blessing of an extra day!

Come again soon – maybe autumn will be a more considerate season to the needs of a keen gardener.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

17 thoughts on “Summer – you blew it.

      1. I lived in very gloomy weather for much of my first twenty years. I had to hang onto any sunny days we got for the many gloomy months. I know how you feel.

        1. Fortunately the sun has come out again – although it was so gloomy I thought it never would. But there is a definite change in the weather – the hot sting of summer has been replaced with a mild breeze, which to be honest, I don’t mind at all.
          Cheers Sarah : o)

    1. It seems like not so long ago I was staring down the possibilities of a long fab summer, and now it is almost over in the blink of an eye. It wasn’t my best season every, but there is always next year.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

    1. There are generally two schools of thoughts around the seasons, some are calendar based – meaning today is the last day, and the other is the solstice, which would extend the season by 3 weeks – which is tempting to follow, although I don’t want to wait for summer to start so late in December.
      So while it is choice, it does also seem logical as far as what is going on in my garden – in spite of this mixed up weather. However at the end of the day it is entirely up to nature and you can only go with the flow and garden responsively. I hope this makes sense.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

      1. I think I get it… so, if you want to you could extend the summer season by three more weeks? I’d be thinking about that, lol! Hope the sun comes out for you tomorrow!

  1. Whatever the calendar says, I hope you will have blue skies and sunshine tomorrow (I.e. 1st March). I always leave my tomatoes in the garden until quite late in the autumn. I’ve not had blight, though once the toms did suffer from botrytis.

    1. Hi Helen. March the 1st is a little gloomy too. The boffins reckon the 3rd should be ok… but I guess it is what it is. I hope you don’t get blight anytime soon – it is quite heartbreaking and hard work if you want to save your crop.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

      1. I think it must be hard work. Hopefully, this year will be a dry one and fortunately none of my neighbours appear to grow them.

    1. Hi Alys, Some summers have fabulous weather and others don’t. You just learn to garden around them. Despite a disappointing start, autumn as been quite lovely.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

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