As an early riser, I am forever looking up. The pre-dawn hours are the most glorious part of my day. Being up and about at 4am daily may not be your cup of tea, but it does have its rewards. This morning the Perseids put on a nice show. The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet orbiting around the sun once every 133 years. I'm pretty sure for the majority of those years, nobody knew Swift and Tuttle had a comet, I digress… The Earth passes through a cloud of the comet’s debris each year in August, causing small bits of comet dust to enter our atmosphere at 37 miles per second. Today’s peak activity occurred at 3am local time; I missed that by a half hour today. I did not miss the show entirely, as I did indeed see 4 brilliant streaks of light. In case you’re wondering, the Perseids pronunciation sounds to me like the name of some imaginary honkey tonk on lower Broad named, “Percy Ed’s”.
I would be remiss if I failed to state the obvious: our weather is also looking up. The temperature, as I write this morning, is 59 degrees. As I walked about the premises early today, I actually put a jacket on. It is remarkably brisk for August. When you combine cooler temperatures with drier air, it makes for an incredibly pleasant outside experience. Our high temperatures are only expected to reach the low 90’s, at most. Additionally, we are looking for showers beginning Sunday evening and into Monday. When August weather is this fantastic, there can be no excuse for neglecting any endeavor in the out-of-doors.
Obviously, that includes gardening. We have seen a great upswing in domicidal horticultural interest this week. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity of wonderful weather and excellent value. Our BatesRewards members, (that’s you) will again receive 25% off all plants; extended one week! We continue to ramp up our inventory for fall.