San Diego, Indiana

San Diego, Indiana.

That is what it feels like, anyway.

I know San Diego is in California.  I know.  I’ve been there many times.  I’ll be back soon.  I love it there.  I like the beach, the people, the scene.  And I love the weather.  Who wouldn’t love the weather in San Diego?  It’s the gold standard of good weather, as far as I can tell.

So, yesterday afternoon, about 3 pm, I was out working among the cornfields of IndianaCornSky

and I found my self thinking, for the umpteenth time this summer, “Wow.  This is amazing weather.  It is really nice out here.  This is San Diego weather.”

Yep, that is what I thought.

Being a curious fellow, I pulled out the handy dandy spy phone – some people would call it an iphone – and checked the weather.


75 degrees and partly cloudy.  That’s about 24 degrees Celcius. Nice!

I also checked the weather in San Diego.

San Diego

Yep.  Definitely experiencing San Diego like weather. Same Temp.  Same conditions, really.  Don’t mind the different time projections, as the sun comes up later there so the clocks read 3 hours behind. It’s a longitude thing.  San Diego is a couple thousand miles to the southwest.

Needless to say, I was tickled.  What about one of my other favorite places, Northfield, Minnesota, 600 miles to the north-northwest?


OK.  This is cracking me up.  How about the town where my brother lives in Virginia, 500 miles to the southeast?


A little cloudier, but the same temperature.  Amazing.

I couldn’t resist checking on the brother in Montana, 1500 miles northwest….


Pretty close.  A gorgeous day in the Yellowstone country as well.

As my grandmother would say “Put a mark on the wall.”

It has been a beautiful summer in most of the U.S.A.  I can personally attest that it has been the nicest summer in memory in central Indiana.  We don’t typically boast 75 and partly sunny, fresh with a cool breeze at 3 pm in mid-August.  But we did yesterday.  We’ve been doing it all summer.  I like it here in San Diego, Indiana.

So does Mary.???????????????????????????????

The zinnias love it.???????????????????????????????



The nasturtii are wild about it.???????????????????????????????



The butterflies seem to be particularly fond of it.???????????????????????????????

The ornamental grasses love it.???????????????????????????????

And the gourds.  Well, they just can’t seem to get enough of it.???????????????????????????????



You know.  Really.  The whole darn garden loves it.???????????????????????????????






Life is good in San Diego, Indiana.  It’s nice.  Real nice.

Thanks for stopping by.  Glad you could come and enjoy the lovely weather with us. Hope to see you again soon.  🙂

44 thoughts on “San Diego, Indiana

    1. It is good. It is best when life is good. Mind you, it’s not always this good. So we must breathe deep and enjoy when it is. 🙂

  1. Yep, that’s SD weather. It was at 75 last December, when we were take a winter break there 🙂
    Love these zinnias. Never ending beautiful flowers from your garden.

    1. The zinnias are going to carry the load for the end of the summer, me thinks. That’s good. That was the plan. Of course, you found the weakness in my post immediately. We are enjoying the San Diego weather this summer, but this winter, I dare say the old iphone will be showing quite a different story between here and there. But that’s OK. I love winter weather too. Have a great day, Amy. 🙂

  2. I love the summer this year too, warm but comfortable, always with a nice breeze. I am not going to complain if every summer to come is like this one! 🙂
    Your garden is BEAUTIFUL as always!

    1. Amen. The nice fresh breeze has really been special, hasn’t it? Personally, I’ll take the extra cold winter as a trade for the cool, breezy, who-said-anything-about-muggy summer. Have a fine day up there in SD, I mean SB, Indiana. 🙂

    1. It sure has. The tomatoes have struggled to turn red, I’ve noticed. But being primarily a flower farmer, I have found it to be quite wonderful. 🙂

    1. Yes, I have understood that New England was a little hotter. No extremes is good. Great, really. We have experienced extremes for the last several summers. This summer is quite bizarre, really. Enough water to keep those thirsty impatiens satisfied is quite a bit of rain, I think. We have had just enough rain. Just enough. Yesterday we had a nice inch soaker, which helps the gardens plenty and will provide a profit margin for our local corn and bean farmers.

  3. 🙂 I loved the post, but I had to read the title something like 3 times trying to figure out how San Diego fits in Indiana – I thought there must be another San Diego, it’s a perfect confusion for somebody like me who lives more or less 5,000 miles away from you! I’ve been to the States once, I learnt many things about all 50 states, but I’m still a distant foreigner. 🙂 I envy that weather – it’s totally great how temperatures in all those places matched, and it’s totally great that it stays around 25 degrees Celsius, no wonders plants love it! We are having tons of rain, and heat waves alternating with bad thunderstorms – even much older people than me can’t remember such a bad and hard summer. Yesterday we had (just a second, I’m looking at the Fahrenheit chart :D) exactly 100 degrees during the day, then there was a hot wind, then a cold wind, then storm with lots of rain… and we ended up with 63 degrees during the night! Seems like a weather experiment, I swear. Is there a way for me to be teletransported to Lafayette, San Diego, Northfield…? 😀 I know, I thought so, but I had to ask. 🙂 By the way, I love the butterfly and zinnias – I tried once to grow zinnias here from the seeds (they are considered a little bit exotic round here) but didn’t manage. Happy weekend, enjoy the weather in your garden! 🙂 Tanja

    1. After I posted this, I thought to myself, hmmmm, I hope my foreign readers get what I’m driving at. I did rather assume some geographical knowledge about the USA. The towns I showed are all quite far apart from each other and represent several very different landscape/climatic situations. We have a very different sense of scale here in North America than you do in Europe, I think. The fact that all five of those places were experiencing the same weather at the same moment is quite remarkable. It is also an interesting commentary on the nature of American society that those are all places near and dear to me, where people I know and love live and are all places where I have spent considerable time. My family is quite spread out, geographically. Many families are. Now, as for zinnias being tough to grow and considered a bit exotic – YIKES! They are perhaps the easiest flower to grow around here. Prepare the soil, cast the seeds, step them in with your bare feet and ta-da…. they grow. That might have much to do with the fact that my gardens are full of them. 🙂 Have a great day. Thanks for your thoughtful comments and thank you for confirming my realization that my post wasn’t entirely obvious to folks who are not familiar with the geography of the USA. 🙂

      1. I loved this long comment, thank you! 🙂 Yes, I was thinking later about the knowledge of the USA geography and how common it is round here – well in my case, I’ve been with English / English speaking countries for almost all my life, I’ve had different bonds with the USA in particular (very long story, but I might tell you some day if you’re interested) so I could grasp the idea… but for example if you asked anybody in my immediate family, or other people I know where San Diego is exactly in the USA or how “San Diego, Indiana” sounds to them, they wouldn’t see anything wrong about it 😀 :)) I totally understand that sense of scale, Europe is different in the sense that we have many countries each with one dominant nation and many minorities, but for example if the weather would match in Finland, Poland and Greece (those are big distances, big climatic differences) that would be really extremely interesting to point out. I know well about members of American families moving very far away from home for different reasons, Serbian people unfortunately have moved out a lot and spread all over the world especially in the last two decades because of all problems we went through, so it happens more and more often that sibling live very far apart. My life story is all about distances, my family is originally from Bosnia, I’m an only child but I have cousins far away, one of them is living… in Florida 🙂 so I never considered myself deep rooted. Actually I feel somehow the best when I come out to the internet, I can read or speak in different languages and identify myself with people and things better than I do in my own environment… so I guess I’m not a very good example of typical Serb at all… typical European is something that doesn’t exist anyhow, no matter how hard they try to “erase” the borders 🙂

        Now, as for zinnias – you won’t believe this, TOTALLY CRAZY THING! I started that August 15th evening with your beautiful photos and a comment how actually it is pretty rare to find them here, I’ve never had a bouquet of zinnias in my home… till the next day! 🙂 🙂 🙂 When I got up, my mom goes – happy birthday etc… look, these are some interesting flowers I bought for you… and I was like what??! I was starting at the vase, but there they were right before me, multicolored zinnias 😀 😀 😀 Rubbing my eyes didn’t help, they were still there – I made some photos, both to immortalize my first zinnias’ bouquet and to show you it was real. 🙂 Still wondering if it was coincidence or what, they don’t grow easily here – it’s great that you just put the seeds in the earth and they grow. 🙂 Maybe we have something else that is perfectly normal here and you would consider it a bit rare… I’ll have to think about it. 🙂 You too have a great day and thank you for your nice reply to me and beautiful wishes! All the best, Tanja

        1. That’s funny about the zinnias. I marvel that they wouldn’t be common in your area, as the climate is not so different. Must be the soil. Meanwhile, I edited the post, to indicate distance and direction to the other locales which are discussed. Maybe it will make more sense to a future reader. I expect the underlying motivation for why my siblings and I live far apart from each other is much more positive than that of a Bosnian or Serbian family, in this particular time. Cheers. Have a great day. 🙂

  4. Beautiful garden photos. You don’t want to know what the temp was in Arizona yesterday. Monsoon is still with us. Every now and then we will get a torrent of rain and flash floods, which the thirsty ground will swallow up in mere moments. At all other times the sun is shining HOT. Blessings to you…

    1. I did have a screenshot of Phoenix, showing 97 at the same moment. I decided to keep the post simple and focus on the places that were experiencing the same weather at the same moment, because that is curious and different. But I track the weather in Phoenix for no good reason other than my notion that it represents an extreme. I also track the weather in Ely, Minnesota, another extreme and several other places which I think are interesting, climate wise. Cheers. Thanks for the comment. Best wishes with the mix of heat and floods. 🙂

  5. 75 and sunny in New York too! This has been an extraordinary weather summer here too! Other than the 13 inches of rain that fell in 24 hours this past week, it’s been just as you describe! Love those zinnias!!

    1. Hah. Awesome. You confirm my point perfectly. What a summer. I’ll take it. I’ll even take the extra cold winters (which I like anyway) as a balance to a cool summer. The zinnias are really coming on strong now. Pretty soon, they will probably be most of what I have to show. Good thing they are so pretty and various. 🙂

    1. LIfe is good in the midwest this year. Evidently, it’s pretty good in much of the rest of the country, though as I noted in my above reply to Carol, it’s not quite so mild in Phoenix. But we don’t live in a Phoenix like climate, now do we, Tilly? Oh no. 🙂 Cheers. 🙂

    1. Constructing my little world to my standards. I cannot control the rest of the world, but I can make the part of the world over which I do have control beautiful. At least I can try. And I can sure enjoy the good weather when it comes. And stays! 🙂

  6. I chuckled — I think your phone is broken. The weather in san Diego is quite lovely I admit and I think that weather would be perfect but that temperature is taken down at Lindberg Airport, which for those who don’t know, is right on the bay. We live 20 miles north by the Marine Base and the temps are more like 85-90* – if you cross the freeway and head east about 5 miles the temps are in the 90-100* Temperatures vary greatly. I was delighted to see that there is a San Diego in Indiana.

    1. Thank you, Joanne. That is an excellent and entirely valid point. Yes, ma’am, you are right. But you see, in my mind and really, in the communal mind of my family, San Diego is synonomous with Mission Beach. That’s is where we go and it is where we have spent most of the time we’ve ever been in San Diego. My mother’s sister lived there and we have the remarkable fortune to still have her place to visit. I have experienced the heat in El Cajon. I’ve been around the area and I get what you are saying. That perfect weather is limited to a narrow strip along the great air conditioner known as the Pacific Ocean. And that is upon which I base my ‘gold standard’ of good weather. The fact that my iphone shows me that particular weather only serves to reinforce that notion. What really struck me the other day was how 5 different places, all quite spread out through the USA, were all experiencing the same weather. That fabulous weather down at Lindberg Field. And Mission Beach. 🙂

        1. Right again, I suppose. But, for me, living 2000 miles I away, I don’t usually get there by driving my car so I don’t worry about parking. But yes, I see the competition for parking. Especially on the weekends. Great place, though.

    1. Thank you for commenting on the lighting. Yes, the one picture of the trees, was mostly about the lighting. We have some fabulous lighting around here, especially in the evenings, what with the trees filtering the incoming sun and the day’s humidity descending to cast the light in a million, zillion directions at once.

  7. Thank you Jim, you’ve given me inspiration for the day. I lived in San Diego for 12 years, so I know just what you are talking about. Have a pleasant day in SD, Indiana. – Sharon

    1. Oh yes, I had a pleasant day here in SD, USA. Thank you, Sharon. Yesterday we shifted onto more midwestern weather with a strong, steady rain shower, but that was most welcome in itself. 🙂

  8. Your garden is so big with so many different kinds of beautiful flowers and plants We too have been happy to enjoy “San Diego” weather here in Finland. For weeks there was sunshine from clear blue skies and day temperatures between about 82 – 91. As I have not been in San Diego I call it “Manila / Rio” weather as I have been able to experience such summer heat in both places. It has been a nice, long, warm summer but the heat wave is definitely over and the day temperature is now about 71 F. I hope you will be able to enjoy the San Diego weather and your flowers for some time still.

    1. I gather some summer heat is most welcome in Finland. I bet. I once spent time in Norway. I recall the weather being quite cool, but I was so overwhelmed by the gorgeous landscape, the beautiful, friendly people, and the never ending daylight (it was summer) that the weather became secondary in my memory. I hope we continue to enjoy this fabulous weather. I beginning to think that we will no see any of the punishing heat and humidity which we usually experience in the summer here. Now that you have me thinking about Scandinavia, I wish you to enjoy the daylight while you still have it. Weather aside, I bet you love the long summer days. I’m not so sure about those long winter nights. Have a wonderful day! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. 🙂

      1. Yes the breathtaking gorgeous landscapes in Norway are awesome. So different from Finnish landscape and yet Norway is not that far away. I love our daylight during the summer. Here in the south of Finland the sun set for a short time but in the north it doesn’t set at all from mid of May to end of July. We have only once been in the north during the summer. Even for us it was fantastic to experience the never ending daylight.
        Here the summer heat is over and we can feel the fall lurking around the corner. All best wishes for continuing nice summer weather for you to enjoy your garden with all the beautiful flowers.

        1. Thanks. Would you believe it, but the hard summer heat is expected to finally settle in this week. It won’t last. And I welcome it for a brief time. It is summer, after all. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

  9. Beautiful and great zinnias !!! Les capucines sont aussi magnifiques !!! Chez moi, ni l’une ni l’autre n’a réussi cette année. Je reste ébahie devant cette étendue de fleurs : j’aimerais bien la même, mais je crains que mon sol soit trop argileux et que j’ai manqué d’eau au bon moment. Il me reste ton blog et le partage de magnifiques photos 🙂 Merci

    1. Thank you, Christiane. As always. It is my genuine pleasure to share with you through photos. One thing I have learned in the blog this week is that zinnias are not as easy to grow in Europe. I’m sorry to hear yours were a flop. Around here, we would say “Shoot.” or “Shucks.” or “Doggone it.” Or something much more colorful. 🙂 The zinnias must be the easiest flower for me to grow. Prepare the soil, plant the seed and behold. Rain at the right time helps, which we had this year. As we have discussed before, I think we have wonderful soil here. Brought on the glaciers from the far north thousands of years ago and left to become rich under the trees until I came and grew flowers in it. It is not clayey (argileux ?). It is rich, almost fluffy. The zinnias love it. So do the other flowers, as you can see. Bonne Journee. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much. I am neither a trained photographer nor do I have fancy equipment, but Boy-howdy – I have great subjects. With those subjects in my yard, I also have the opportunity to catch them in good light, when it presents itself. It is fun. Yes, the zinnias are marvelous this year. They seem to love this cool summer with just enough rain. I hope you can grow them in England. I hear they are tricky deeper in the heart of Europe. Have a wonderful day.

  10. What a lovely place you have. Love the nasturtiums and zinnias. Enjoy the nice weather. It’s terribly humid here in central NC today.

    1. Thanks. It is a lovely place, thanks for noticing. The nasturtium and zinnias are the good bloomers around here as the summer winds down. As of writing this note, the summer heat has finally settled in. It won’t last long, but is probably a good thing overall, especially for the local farmers. Have a great day. 🙂

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