UK tropical heatwave

The UK is experiencing a mini heatwave at last this summer!

Temperatures have been hotter over the past few days than Turkey or India with the mercury reaching 28c – 83f – at Heathrow yesterday and temperatures in inner London up to 30c. It is also very humid which is great news for tropical plants like my beautiful hibiscus and the bougainvillea which is so excited by the glorious sunshine and heat, it is putting on leaves and flower shoots every day.

To fit this sunny mood, I paid a visit to one of my favourite garden centres in Muswell Hill yesterday which appropriately is called The Sunshine Garden Centre.  Offering an  excellent range of high quality and unusual plants with a fantastic cafe plus everything you ever wanted to buy as a gardener in the way of tools and gardening gifts, this it is my favourite way to spend a few hours soaking up those amazing rays.

Not sure this tropical warmth is going to last – predictions are the humidity will  bring some heavy monsoon style rain – good news as ground needs a good soaking. Have been using my bath water and washing up water over the past few days with environmental detergent as we need to recycle as much as we can when these heatwaves hit.

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