Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer's Finally Here

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And I don't mean the US Open Series. We'll get to all that later.

I'm talking about the weather in Maine. And that's why I just got in from the field and gardens, sore-hipped and sun-whipped.

I'll be back to looking at tennis tomorrow sometime.

Meantime, Savannah's talking about it.

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6 comments:

Beth said...

Craig, you must be so relieved for the sun to be out and temps warming for your crops. I know a lot of people's gardens have suffered. Glad to hear that the sun has reached you!!

Craig Hickman said...

And just like that, here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a tragedy, tearing me apart like a new emotion....

Beth said...

Love it! Now Annie Lenox is in my head!

Michael said...

Beautiful photos, Craig!! Thanks for sharing them. I keep seeing these images as I go about my day. Looks peaceful and like a place where you take pride and joy in the hard work of helping life to thrive. I hope the weather provides a good balance for you.

I'm in North Carolina, and summer's been here for quite a while now, and most people here say it's been a cool summer. The peppers seem not to mind, but the tomatoes have been tricky here.

Craig Hickman said...

Michael, tomatoes are tricky everywhere and have been for at least two growing seasons.

(Anyone who looks a farmer in the face and disputes climate change will probably get some fresh chicken shit hurled in their direction.)

This year, many tomato growers are dealing with late blight come early, thanks, in large part, to infected plants sold at big retail outlets. I grow from seed, so I'm not wrestling with that fungus, but all the heavy, wet, overcast conditions make for lots of foliage but many flowers, and who knows if the fruits will ever ripen on the vine if the sun doesn't stay out for most of the rest of summer.

Michael said...

Yeah, I had a lot of blight problems when we lived in Vancouver. I tried growing from seed this year, but started too late in the hotter NC climate. So I bought seedlings from the farmer's market.

I hope the suns shines on your tomatoes and they ripen nicely for you!