As I sit on my balcony in the warm evening sunshine, the harsh cries of blue jays and the electric buzzing of cicadas tells me it’s late summer. Last week with its temperatures in the 90s and all the humidity was clearly high summer. And yet everyone seems to want to rush on to autumn: breweries are already promoting their Octoberfests and pumpkin ales, and, should you walk into CVS, you will be greeted by displays of Halloween candy.
This summer started with thunder storms and rain, and proceeded with punishing humidity. (See my earlier summer post about this). But lately there has been some wonderfully stable summer weather with high temperatures, low humidity and Atlantic breezes. We made it to the beach and grilled nearly every weekend on our roof.
The storms and humid it meant that DC stayed really green this summer. Tropical plants in the planters we have on nearly every sidewalk downtown did really well.
(I think those are olive trees on the right)
And we’ve had loads of this really beautiful flowering tree all summer:
(Possibly lilac? But in lots of amazing colours – see those just peeping up from below the hill on the right?)
And see how well sunflowers have done this year!
Ok, I’ll grant that some trees are giving up the struggle and are losing their leaves.
(Not turning – more singed by the sun)
I think this is what brings the blue jays to the tree across from us – they seem to like slightly barer trees…
Let’s not celebrate the dying of the old year just yet.
Let’s enjoy the our late summer – at least until Labour Day!