Sunday, August 13, 2017

A cloud of southern humidity. . . . . . . . .

Southern hospitality is great - but they can keep
 southern humidity!

The past several August days have seen us enveloped in a cloak of humidity
 almost unworthy of discussion!
Just let me say, walking out the door in a pair of 'sunnies' at 5 o'clock Saturday to
 attend a lovely 60th birthday party for a friend, I was immediately sightless as the
 sunglasses clouded over. Trying to take outdoor photos in this humidity is hopeless!

I'm always rooting basil cuttings on the kitchen windowsill - then replanting them
 in my pots outside. Basil has been amazing this year. Pesto-making has become
 almost a daily habit. I've spent small fortune in pine nuts, good olive oil and
 Parmigiano Reggiano - thank goodness garlic is cheap! 
 I'll miss being able to clip big bunches of fresh basil come Winter - I do have
 lots of little pesto packets tucked into the freezer though.
This is pretty, airy dill - another herb I'm growing in pots outside and which also 
makes a lovely fragrant addition to cut flowers in the house. 

~ Some of my many garden herbs ~
Note: I'm allowing the morning glories to clamber over the hydrangeas as
they have few blooms this year due to the Spring freeze. I really miss 
those lovely flowers.

~ Dill and parsley ~

 Think yourself fortunate not to be living in the south right now . . . . . . . unless of
 course you do enjoy heat, and weren't raised in a cool (usually) Summer climate
 as I was. I will never enjoy the heat and humidity even though I've lived here longer
 than any other place. . . . . . . forty very hot and humid Summers.

Today I'm not doing much, just being lazy in the heat with threatening rain
 and thunderstorms which usually arrive late afternoon.
The sun has decided to hide in the cloud cover - it's the kind of day to stay 
home. . . . . . . . I think I'll bake scones, or a cake with some fresh peaches 
eyeing me from a bowl on the kitchen island.

Just realized, this is definitely a very 'green post'.


  1. How long does it take for your basil to root so you can replant? I have never done that before. I also have pesto made and in the freezer. It will be lovely added to pasta or soup during the winter months. We have not had as much humidity as you, but we have had a lot of rain that is hindering our house build efforts.

    1. Penny - usually a couple weeks before you have a good bunch of roots. I change the water often to give the cuttings oxygen. Just make a hole in a pot then and stick the cuttings in - they always seem to take and do well - endless basil until frost arrives!

  2. Mary, you are doing well to be able to type and put up a post on such miserably humid days. We have humid days from time to time, though this summer has not been as bad as others. It takes the strength right out of a person. Lovely bunch of potted herbs looking much happier than mine look for sure. Obviously, they like the conditions.

    1. Vee, its even worse - the humidity - since I posted! Doesn't want to let up, meanwhile people like my neighbor who is on oxygen can't really go outside. I stepped on to the porch this morning and literally it took my breath away! Oh for some dry days, and Autumn!
      Mary -

  3. Hi Mary! I totally agree this weather is horrible!! The humidity is just awful! Hopefully it will move on out of here soon! You flowers look beautiful!

  4. Home-made pesto is the best!! One year, my Mum had run out of pine nuts when she wanted to make some pesto, and used hazel nuts instead. Guess what - that pesto was delicious, and came so much cheaper :-)

    1. I've also used walnuts which are excellent. Love hazelnuts but they are very expensive here.
      Mary -

  5. Evidently your basil plants love the humidity. It is terrible isn't it. I don't do well in the heat and especially so when it humid. I am southern born but I don't like the humidity.

  6. I have the same containers with cut herbs on my kitchen windowsill. The herbs are prolific this year! Beautiful photos. You are right about the humidity. It is back here in the mountains. Just welcomed renters from Florida who thought the mountains would be cool. Just as hot as Florida. At least they have the lake to temper the heat. Stay inside for the time Mary.
    Hugs, Penny

  7. I like very green posts. Yummm! Love seeing your herbs in the pots and the morning glory doing what it loves best (grow and ramble).

  8. I love summer, but I agree that the humidity is the worst part! We have plenty of days where we're riding in the air-conditioned car and we step out of the car and our glasses fog up. ;-) We've had a very pleasant summer weather-wise here in the Chicagoland area though. I think only 3 or 4 days 90+. Your flowers and herbs are amazing. My basil is long gone - some kind of bug ate it.

  9. Your photographs are always a delight, Mary. I especially love the ones of your home and garden. I once visited Williamsburg, VA in August and nearly collapsed from the humidity. Our summer has been very hot, but at least not humid. Don't you just love peach season? I have several fresh peaches on my counter right now. Nothing better than sinking ones teeth into a juicy peach. Ahhhh. Hugs.

  10. Oh I am so thankful NOT to be somewhere humid. Mind you, it gets super hot here even so, just not humid which of course helps. It's often in the upper 90's in the summer but we cool down so much at night which helps too. I too have NEVER got used to the heat, can't stand summers in general so I empathize with you, dear Mary. Alexandra says I don't get "hangry" (angry and hungry), I do "hotgry" instead. too right. I get so crabby if over heated. And you know, I'm not into wearing summer T shirts and shorts--always feel so sloppy! i love to wear layers of coziness!


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