Today has been the hotest day for at least a couple of years (30 degrees).

The drought over the past month and planting season has ended with the first rain. It was a thrashing rain accompanied by thunder and lightning.

The rain has cooled things down a bit. I can go out to work again, and I won’t have to water tonight.

I got all the tomatoes and peppers in.

The weather is unseasonably hot and dry. We have a good supply of water, but it takes a lot of time watering.

Big pots, old manure, dirt and tomato plants. I buy tomato plants at garden markets, because I don’t have proper lighting and temperature conditions earlier in the year. And that way I get a greater variety of tomato types.

It is still early, and I must be ready to get out some evenings and cover them on cold nights.

Summer came suddenly this year, and everything seems to be flowering all at once.

Sulfur peony (Paeonia mlokosewitschii)

Rocky peony (Paeonia rockii)

We like to think of it as a dill peony – alas, it’s only a hybrid peony (Paeonia × hybrida), but it’s flowering majestically, our first flowering peony.

This year I was lucky enough to get the grass cut before the dandelion invasion.

The grass was really thick and made nice easy to rake rows.

I got a good start on the mulch this year.

This is very opportune, because the weather is now very warm, windy and dry, with no rain in sight.

It seems like every year is warmer than the one before, and earlier and…..

Perhaps I’m just getting old and forgetfull.

It’s definitly earlier and warmer than last spring.

I’ve already made about 20 raised beds, and sowed and planted most of the early crops.

Like a new bed of leeks and some pak choi under cover.

The kids are off for a swim in the lake and we are getting ready for dinner.

I’ve heard about it and talked about it. One of my neighbors brought over a bundle of rams fleece, so now I have to try it.

It’s supposed to deter or frighten deer away. I think it will make a great walkway and mulch as well.

Many of the fruit trees I’ve planted over the years are flowering for the first time in this springs warm weather. The bees have found this plum tree.

I wonder what will happen if each flower becomes a plum.

The crop circles have each gotten a big dose of compost. It’s time to start the garden.

I got the tiller out and tilled the center of the first vegetable garden. The ground seemed dry on the surface, but was still quite soggy a few centimeters down, so I only did a little. Casting up raised beds was a bit heavy, but I made 8 and sowed seed in four.

I put in the usual first starters – onion sets, carrots, turnips, parsley, spinach and cilantro. Starting early before the dirt warms up and dries out properly gives almost always poor results, but I couldn’t hold myself.

Last year I started even earlier because the weather was so nice, then it went into freezing mode for a week. It all turned out OK, but later sowing was better. This year the prognosis looks like warm weather for the next 10 days and nights.