Yes, it's finally hot here in the Pacific Northwest. It's our first heat wave of the season. We had been below normal all of June and July, but now it seems we're catching up. The bad part for me is that I'm just not used to it! Yesterday I went to Skydive Snohomish and got in three good jumps and left around 3:00pm. I had sweat pouring down my face and back as I packed my parachute, but the skydives made it worthwhile. It got to 86 degrees F there and today is expected to get to 91. It never cooled down much during the night, and I woke a couple of times, tossing and turning, trying to find a more comfortable position. It was the unaccustomed heat.
The garden is enjoying all this heat, and as you can see here, so are the critters! That's a kale leaf, or was one some time ago. I harvested one whole kale plant this morning and we'll enjoy what the pests left behind. Just look at that blue sky behind the leaf; it's already hot and it's not even noon. However, we've got cooling marine air coming in tonight. It's one reason I like to live here; it doesn't stay hot for long. Usually.
I caught a glimpse of my first delicata squash hiding under the bush. There are plenty of blossoms, which I hope will become squash as well. You'll be seeing their progress before I finally get one ready to cook. The Internet tells me I'll be harvesting these sometime in September, most likely. This little squash might not make it that long. I've got so much to learn about gardening. The monster plant is growing so big and fast I can almost see the tendrils creeping along, looking for more space. Next year it will get MUCH more room! This growing your own food business is an education...