I'm feeling a bit like this pumpkin vine today. Wilted. I am truly surprised though at the resilience of plants. I certainly couldn't stand outside in the sun all day and survive. I feel the most for the livestock. Ours have plenty of shade and access to creeks and clean water but I know there are a lot of animals out there which aren't so lucky. Even if you do all of the right things, such high temperatures can have fatal effects on animals.
I am taking note though of the plants and in particular the varieties which are thriving not just surviving our heatwave. The pumpkins are all wilted but once the sun goes down, they perk up, hoping that tomorrow will be cooler. A wilted leaf doesn't lose as much water through transpiration so wilting can be a good thing.
Then there are the zucchini plants which are absolutely thriving in the heat. The chillies are loving it too and hopefully it means the chillies this year will be extra hot. Corn are also extra tall and hardy looking this year. Of course if I didn't water them, none of them would survive and I'm grateful for the little bits of rain here and there that we have had that have allowed me to actually grow a summer garden this season.
Talking about zucchini, they are now starting to their thing and grow at a great pace. Tomorrow morning I'm firing up the oven to make freezer meals out of this lot of beauties... zucchini slice, zucchini chocolate cake, zucchini cake with lemon glaze and maybe some biscuits, soup and souffle for the table rather than the freezer. We'll see. My intentions are good but I might just run out of steam.
So far I have been a bit too hot to be experimental in the kitchen and we are eating later than usual to make it more pleasant. Tonight we are having a lasagne which I think I can make with my eyes closed but we did have a rather nice
tabbouleh parsley salad with pearl couscous on Friday night which was a bit different and delicious too.