Baked Tulips

Many of the roses now look something like this:
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At this time of the year pruning is often delayed by rain storms.  This year an intense heat wave is doing the delaying.  Temperatures close to 90F (32C) drive me indoors.  

The delicate winter ephemerals I put in this year--tulips, lettuce, and sweet peas--have fared better than I have with the heat.  Though squirrels ate this patch of lettuce...
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...these micro greens, better protected, look great.
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The sweet peas have also held up well.  I expect flower buds any day.
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The tulips...
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...what beautiful foliage!
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2014 is shaping up to be a dire situation for water.  I've decided to just accept it.  If the plants die, the plants die.  Before that happens, at least there will be a tulip or two.
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  1. Beautiful foliage on the tulips and the sweet peas look wonderfully healthy. The temperatures here have been 32ºC plus and no rain and though I have been watering I have still lost some plants, always sad. I hope you get some rain soon and some relief from the heat.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Here's hoping for heat relief and rain for both our regions!

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  2. Tulips! I've given up on them as the Santa Ana winds always seemed to desiccate the majority of my bulbs before they bloomed. I hope yours survive our current winter heatwave and produce big, lovely blooms.

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    1. Thanks--I'm hoping I'll get something. Into the cool house when the flowers appear.

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  3. I can't begin to imagine what it's like there right now, dry and hot...in January! I join with others in hoping it breaks soon.

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    1. It's like living inside a bag of potato chips.

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  4. My last day in San Diego, the marine layer went away, and it was 81F. I see it's been a week now! Hang in there. Hope this causes people to conserve in new ways, and I'm sure your garden will be very interesting to observe what takes drought and any watering restrictions. Though I also hope for rain for you and us...

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    1. When the TV weatherman gets excited about the eventual return of the marine layer, you know it is bad. I've decided it's a good time to do some culling. When the rain returns, there will be empty spaces to fill. :^)

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  5. I've been following the drought situation in Cali, and situations like this are always bad, but in a normally arid climate, missed rains are that much more dire.

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    1. Seeing healthy, mature trees suddenly dead in a week--it's sobering.

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  6. I'm being shamed into embracing the cold. I so often fail to appreciate how lovely the tulip foliage is as I impatiently watch for blooms.

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    1. "embracing the cold" sounds painful! ;^)

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