Is it Really Winter?

snapdragon bloom

You wouldn’t know it is winter from the weather we have been having. This has been a warm and very dry fall. The snapdragons still have plenty of blooms, although the plum trees have finally lost most of their leaves. We haven’t even gotten a frost yet! Rain has been really lacking. We got a little bit a few weeks ago, but that is it so far. They say we may get some tomorrow. We’ll see. I can’t really complain, because it has been gorgeous for the most part, just a bit unusual.


The greenhouse is very sparse this winter. I just haven’t had the time or energy to take care of things during the week after work. I do have a self-watering planter with arugula planted, along with a few sprouts of “Webb’s Wonderful” lettuce. Arugula seems to thrive here this time of year and it can wait until the weekend to get refilled with water. If you have never tried arugula, you should! It has a nice, peppery taste and is very good in a salad. It definitely doesn’t like hot weather, but it grows wonderfully here in the winter.




A Very Hot Week

Hot Day

The Beginning of a Hot Day

It was a hot week. I know this is June in Arizona and we are used to this sort of thing, but this was a really hot week! Miserable, actually. Monday and Tuesday we saw a high of 108 in Big Bug country. Before you feel too bad, Phoenix was 118 and 119 on those days. Today’s high here was only 104, so we are headed in the right direction.

The forecast calls for highs in the 90s next week, which sounds much better. At this point, I’ll take anything under 100. I am waiting anxiously for Monsoon to begin and bring us some lovely rain. I may go ahead and plant beans and cucumbers next week in anticipation of Monsoon beginning shortly.

Rain On the Way!


We woke up to a cloudy November morning. The weather forecasters are promising rain, so we will see. Often, the higher the percentage forecast, the less rain we seem to get! This time, they were right. By about 1 pm it started to sprinkle, just as I was outside planting some peas. I’m now sitting inside with the window cracked open, listening to the light, gentle rain. It is always a lovely sound here in dry country. We are supposed to get even more tonight and tomorrow. If so, this will be our first good winter rain of the season. Here’s hoping for many more!

On a different topic, yesterday NOAA successfully launched the new GOES-R weather satellite (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series). I am not a huge space geek, but I do like weather. It is supposed to be able to provide improved information about weather and the environment. I actually happened to see the launch online. Pretty neat stuff.


Monsoon Still Here

Even though summer is not over, there is a hint of fall in the air. We were able to leave the windows open all night on Friday (9/4) for the first time since early June. By Sat. the humidity was back and we had to run AC all night, but it was nice to even get one night AC free!

There is a lot of Monsoon moisture in the air, which makes things icky. It sure produces some pretty clouds, though not much rain lately.

Cloudy sky

*Update: A few hours after I published this today, some rain finally moved in! It rained on and off all afternoon and the temp. dropped to 69 degrees. The windows are open and I am smiling. Happy Labor Day!


More Monsoon Action!

The storms have missed us a lot the past several weeks. We seem to be in a spot where they blow by on either side, but often leave us dry. Today was an exception. Nice downpour this morning, finally! I went out to see if the Big Bug was running and sure enough, it was! The storm also dropped our temps by 15 degrees, although it is still very sticky out there.

It was still raining when I went out, so the picture was taken from inside my car. So nice to see the Big Bug get some action again.

Big Bug

One more:



And So It Begins

We got our first Monsoon 2015 rainstorm this morning. It woke us up in the wee hours about 1:30 am. It was pretty decent too, with nice rain, lightning, thunder and thankfully, no hail or other damage. I thought the storms had passed us by earlier in the evening, so this was a pleasant surprise!

I love monsoon season in Arizona! It is the best when we get rain but often, like late yesterday afternoon, even though the rain passed us by the clouds came along with the wind and cooled things off about 20 degrees. It was lovely to be able to get out of the 24/7 AC for a while and sit out on our deck, enjoying the breezes and cloudy sky.



A Most Excellent May

May 22nd and we didn't even hit 70 degrees!

May 22nd and we didn’t even hit 70 degrees!

The end of May is upon us and it is starting to get hot. But I’m not complaining, because this has been the coolest May I can remember since moving to Arizona in 1993. Normally, it is hot all month, but this year it remained delightfully cool up until this week. And to top it off, we got quite a bit of (gasp) rain! I can only hope that this is a new weather trend.

We harvested our first batch of garlic today. In the fall, we planted some Susanville Garlic, a new variety for us. Usually we grow California white. The garlic grew very well and smells wonderful. I can’t wait to taste it! We have another batch that was planted later and should be ready in a few weeks.

Garlic Harvest

Garlic Harvest

This garlic will be ready in a few weeks.

This garlic will be ready in a few weeks.

After pulling the garlic, we are prepping the container for some cucumber seeds. I’m planting a little later than usual this year, so I hope they do ok. We added some compost tea to the soil. They should like that!

Compost Tea

Compost Tea

Composter and Compost Tea

Composter and Compost Tea

I really don’t like the summer heat at all, but I think the excellent May we just had will make it a little easier to live with this year.