Friday, June 21, 2013

June or January?

We thought we had escaped it this year when the first part of June was sunny and warm.  But it was not to be. The dreaded June-uary weather slammed us yesterday. We awoke to wild wind, cold rain showers and temperatures in the 50s.

Today is the Summer Solstice and outside it's grey and cool.

The basil and the peppers and the beans are languishing in the garden. My garden tools lie abandoned in the front yard and the leaves of the Arbutus tree are falling. 

Actually, this is typical weather for Vancouver Island in June. We don't get our summer high pressure until maybe the second week in July. As for the falling leaves, this is normal for the Arbutus tree, which sheds its leaves all summer long. The weather forecast is for more rain next week but, fingers crossed, we'll find some summer weather in July.  

Plus the cool weather is good for the rhubarb and the chives. Sue harvested some rhubarb stocks from this giant plant a couple of days ago.  A nice warm Rhubarb crisp will get us through this June-uary weather.  


  1. Yes, we have to remember that June is always like this. Anyone organizing sports day or a school picnic can tell you how predictably unpredictable our weather is at this time of the year.

    The funny weather has made a lovely spring flower show this year, though. The clematis and the roses have especially enjoyed it. They are thriving! As is the rhubarb, of course.

  2. You're right Stephanie, the flowers have been pretty darn nice.

  3. Last year around this time, we were dealing with drought. This year, it's more or less the opposite.


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