The radio announcer says it's 108 degrees at Newark Airport and 104 degrees in Central Park (which is less than a block from where I live and have a terrace garden in New York City) this afternoon, and since the thermometer in my terrace garden only registers 101 degrees, I am extremely thankful to report that the things that I grow in my terrace garden including herbs, plants, flowers, vines, shrubs, and trees — over sixty in total — are faring well with my hand watering (an activity that I have discussed in blog postings, including ones which you may refer to by clicking here and here).
Today I am mainly following up on the planting of my "newcomer vine", the Cardinal Climber (Ipomea sloteri), as I promised I would in yesterday's blog entry.
Juan V and I did our work fairly early in the morning in an effort to beat the heat, however, we were not finished until a little before 9:00 A.M. An overview of what my terrace garden looked like after the work was finished can be seen in an aerial photograph which Juan V took for me and that I have posted below.
If you zoom in on the photograph, or squint enough, you will be able to see two of the three clay pots (below the bamboo trellis) that are now filled with the Cardinal Climber, the third is off camera (and has its own trellis) but is indeed standing in the most southwest corner of my terrace garden.
The Cardinal Climber, as I said yesterday, has done well in my garden in the past, so I have reason to believe that it will flourish once again, and therefore it will surely provide me with the much-needed privacy that I need from the gawking tourist-neighbors, a situation that I wrote about in a previous post, Love thy Neighbor, but, Don't Pull Down Your Hedge, which you may refer to by clicking here.
In any event, to avoid your zooming and squinting, dear reader, I have posted some photographs from it below, as it looked after yesterdays garden tending.
Above: The "Main Part" of the Trellis with pots filled with Cardinal Climber eager to hop on it and form my urban hedge.
Above: The normally camera-shy (It's off camera in aerial views.) portion of my trellis with a "lone" clay pot filled with Cardinal Climber.
Above: Cardinal Climber's leaves mug for the camera. They know they are just as awesome as the brilliant, red flowers that the vine will ultimately produce.
Above: My Cardinal Climbers are already hopping on the orange rail which surrounds my terrace garden as well as the trellis, as if they were children on monkey-bars.
It looks as if my Cardinal Climber doesn't mind the heat, but then again, how hot is it? Well.... it's so hot, that yours truly, actually turned down a glass of Quincy, the Domaine de la Commanderie white vino, which, according to its maker, is a vino that "one drinks it young and fresh (10-14 degrees C) between friends."
AND, Also, it's so hot, that, a restaurant, Harry's Burritos, located in my (what can be) expensive UWS (Upper Westside) New York City neighborhood, offered free, yes, free, water to passers by as evidenced by the photographic collage posted below.