Friday PhotoEssay

I know this week has been rather light on blogging – for some reason I’ve been busy and not overly inspired! I blame it on the heat.

The comfrey in the Herb garden is completely unfazed by the heat. In fact, it looks like something that should be growing in a cool, misty, English countryside. Maybe if I look at the picture long enough, I’ll make myself believe it is cooler.

The first grapevine is starting to ripen, but you can tell the heat is doing a number on them too, since the ripening is not at all uniform.

The first ‘Piros’ pepper finally turned color for us. It would probably have gotten a darker red, but I didn’t want to leave it out in the hot sun. The other peppers on these plants are still pretty small, so this was just a lucky, early pepper.

The first of the Bulgarian Carrot heirloom peppers has turned orange. I tried a very tiny nibble…oh boy is it hot! I don’t think it’s quite as hot as a habanero, but it is much hotter than a jalapeno.

I haven’t posted this recently, but with all the water restrictions coming in some of our outlying communities, this is a good reminder that it is worse in other places in Kansas. If you want to see something really scary, check out the map of the South, including Texas. I’m seeing articles that estimate $9 billion in agricultural losses in Texas. The one thing I’m surprised about is that the data for the drought boundaries in Kansas didn’t change this week, despite no rain and tons of heat.

With that cheery thought, have a great weekend! Hope to see you at Tomato Day tomorrow!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on July 22, 2011, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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