I made a photo of an artichoke out in the garden into my blog banner a few days ago. Here's another photo of an artichoke. This one has opened up to produce a blue flower. You can see the sprinkler going in the background, making the garden grow.
Monday was very hot but not very humid here in Saint-Aignan. The temperature was somewhere between 95ºF and 102ºF, depending on what thermometer you believed. Yesterday (Tuesday) wasn't as hot — somewhere between 87ºF and 92ºF — but it was muggy, muggy, muggy. A dry heat is easier to cope with.
Last night we had some thunder and lightning, and a few drops of rain — what some might call, colloquially, un pipi de chat. There was one millimeter of water in the rain gauge this morning, and that's not much more than a trace. Watering was needed this morning. And now weeding is needed.
Meanwhile, the grapes are really growing out in the vineyard. I enjoyed walking around with the dog this morning, now that the air is dry and the temperature is back down in the 60s fahrenheit. All feels normal again. I'm sure the grapes got a growth spurt from the heat, as did the tomatoes, eggplants, and corn plants in our vegetable garden, but this weather is good for them too.
Today will be a good day for weeding and other garden work. There's enough of a breeze to keep the gnats down. The sun is out but not too hot. Let's get going then...