While much of the country east of the Mississippi River wilts in extreme heat and humidity, out west in the Bay Area, we're enjoying a very mild summer. Since the Fourth of July, only once has San Francisco recorded a daytime high exceeding 70 degrees. Elsewhere, Bay Area temperatures have been well below average. This is summer?
|It must be summer in the City:|
Morning fog over the
Golden Gate Bridge
"It's been ridiculously cool this summer," KTVU-TV meteorologist Bill Martin said Thursday night, during one of his weather reports, which accurately describes this summer's climate throughout much of the Bay Area.
|First Prize rose:|
Cooler temperatures have
translated into fewer blooms.
|Summer of Love:|
Queen Elizabeth roses
|Oranje crush: an orange rose|
Regardless of our lackluster summer weather, our rose bushes still provide us with plenty of beauty and enjoyment. Happiness is shared.
A postscript: Despite the fog and chilly temperatures, we recently spent quality time in our front yard trimming back our camellia and rhododendron bushes, something we do annually. This allows for new growth and gives each a bit of breathing room from each other's branches. Also, we trimmed our side yard and back yard lavender bushes, both which we planted ourselves a few years ago, and readied the east side of our house for the return later this year of our calla lilies. Finally, we groomed our iris bed, cutting back old growth from earlier this year. The irises will return next spring just in time for the start of baseball season.