Something has weighed heavy on me lately. It is my absolute hatred and loathing of hot and humid weather. It makes time outdoors almost unbearable. Our daily walks are more of a sweat-fest than a time for relaxation in nature.
I supposed this could be an advantage. However, my experience is after a slight cooling after the rain, the sun comes out and ignites a sauna-like environment.
I tried to find more good points of high humidity, but in my prejudice I could not locate any. I wasn't too interested in uncovering any.
According to a post titled "How long to pansies last" on jackfrostgardens.com, pansies "absolutely do not like excessive heat and humidity. Heat causes pansies to become leggy and stop blooming."
"However with the right conditions, you can try to get your pansies to survive the heat of summer. If you want to try to 'over-summer' your pansies, plant them in a somewhat shady area," the post stated.
While pansies can thrive cooler weather, they can sometimes survive the winter to bloom in the early spring. I had several pansy plants that managed to make it through two or three winters.
Wildflower.org identifies milkwort as "tiny, pink to rose or greenish flowers in a dense, cylindrical, head-like cluster, with floral bracts beneath the flowers that persist on stem when flowers fall.
Underground root gives off wintergreen odor when crushed."
Most notably, I have observed a lot of coral fungi. There are several places where the fungi seemed to be everywhere.
"Coral fungi are recognized by their curious branching and their clustered appearance, as shown at the right. Usually they grow in the woods and frequently are found on decaying logs. Some are brightly colored," said a post on www.backyardnature.net.
There are many types of coral fungus. I found it difficult to nail down identities.
However a post on wpamushroomclub.org titled "Coral fungi of Western PA" which was posted by Richard Jacob did provide some insightful information in the form of a presentation.
While the fungi and some plants seem to enjoy the heat and humidity, I can't say that I will really ever look forward to it.
That's just the nature of things 'round here.