Following days of unrelenting heat and sun, the temperature peaked yesterday at 103. Although the plants did not look stressed, I noticed last night that the most ripe blueberries on the bush were not as plump as they were last week. I gave them supplemental water with the hose after sunset. This morning, the berries looked a bit more turgid. The flavor was quite different from last week’s harvest. On balance, less sweet, and with a stronger blueberry flavor. Very little of the dreamy subtlety, either in taste or texture. Delicious nonetheless, and mercifully lacking the plastic undertones of the store-bought berries I had eaten for years.