Monsoon Rains

Young Tomatillo Lanterns
Almost like clockwork, the monsoon rains started last weekend. With the rain and clouds, cooler temperatures and a little humidity have returned. June is typically the hottest month of the year in Arizona, and the most perilous for the recently transplanted garden plants. This year the June heat only lasted two weeks, and that was after the plants had a few weeks to acclimate to the garden. While I did notice a few dropped blossoms on some of the tomatoes, everything is going strong again. The pepper plants have lots of peppers maturing and a stream of new blossoms, the eggplants have started to re-blossom, and the tomatillos are growing like never before. The tomatillos have grown so aggressively that I am not sure how I will get to the back row to pick, or even find, ripe fruit. I guess I will figure that out in a month or two when the tomatillos start to ripen. We are out of our salsa verde so a few pounds of ripe tomatillos will be much appreciated.

Monsoon Rains

In the back of the house we have a courtyard that is covered by a wisteria vine. In the nine years we have had the house it has only fully blossomed once, this year. The wisteria is subject to the same weather patterns as the fruit trees – it gets warm in February, by March or April it is starting to blossom, then a freeze hits and the blossoms die.

“I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.”

Adeline Knapp

It was spectacular this spring as that pattern did not materialize. The vine has also grown so thick that the canopy is thick enough to stop moderate rain from penetrating. We can now sit under it and not get (overly) wet during a moderate rain. This is also a nice spot to hide from the sun on the hot days.

With the cooler temperatures, a fresh application of fertilizer, and some sun, I am expecting some significant growth in the garden this week. With a bit of luck there will also be a couple of tomatoes that are starting to ripen.

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