The droughts of the last 3 summers are finally starting to affect us I’m afraid. In the summer of 2010, the drought started in August and ran on into September. I could kind of keep ahead of it, watering mostly the new plants of the year.  Last summer it began in early July and lasted on into the fall.  I had to water quite a bit more but still was able to concentrate mostly on the newer plants.  I confess I did start to water of the Japanese maple that I love at the corner of the house as well as the hydrangea trees and the dogwood.  Most of the flowers were doing okay with an occasional bath, but except for the glorious wave petunias, I didn’t water much else.

My poor vinca

This year is bad.  There has been no real rain since some time in April.  My well established vinca is getting brown and actually dying back in places.  I have begun to water it.  The inner leaves of the hydrangea tree are dying back as if it were already September.  I have begun to water it.  My beloved Japanese maple, already hard hit by a late frost and struggling with half sized leaves of reduced numbers, is feeling stressed.  I have begun to water it.  The Black-eyed Susans  are drooping for heavens sake! I have begun to water them.  Only the petunias look decent.  I have begun to water them too.

Easy fishing for the heron

There are no butterflies around my butterfly bush, although there seem to be some honey bees, bumble bees, and wasps flying about.  The lake is down many feet.  The fishing for the Great Blue heron is easy these days even if the bigger fish have gone  deeper for cooler water.  The shallows are much extended.  The deer are hiding out most of the time.  The coyotes are missing and I only see a few squirrels and rabbits.  Mr. Turtle is missing. The only proliferation we seem to be having is that of raccoons and I think they are just attracted by the easy pickings in the gardens.

Drooping Black-eyed Susans

I cannot sustain watering everything for the whole summer.  We may just have to concentrate on the more valuable trees and shrubs and let some of the other things fend for themselves.  It is frightening to think that this is still June and there seems to be no respite in sight.  I wish it would rain…….  today, tomorrow, Tuesday………..

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Nolt
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 13:30:42

    Ruth, that’s painful to read. Plants can by with watering but it’s obvious that they love rain by how they respond to it. Hope you get the needed rainfall soon. Wish I could send some your way – we are being inundated with rain from the tropical storm “Debbie”.


  2. Joy
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 13:49:05

    Ruth, wish I could send the rain clouds over to you. The heat spell will be braking tonight with a thunderstorm. Rain predicted for the next three days.


  3. ruthsartwork
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 13:52:02

    Thanks Sarah. It is painful to see. I have planted the vinca over the last 5 summers and I don’t want to lose it. I am especially afraid for my Japanese maple. It took the last two years drought hard and looked wonderful this spring after a wet and mild winter. It came out too early, got zapped with the frost, and looks pitiful again. Everything was beautiful for the wedding and has gone downhill since then.


  4. DixCutler
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 16:33:12

    Oh, dear, Ruth. How I wish I could ship you some of our excess water. My pansies are actually drowning. Between the cool weather (except for 10 days mid-May) and the excessive rainfall, the Fraser River is the highest it has been in 40 years. Certainly way higher than in any of the previous 21 springs we’ve been living on it.
    Seems everywhere is getting some kind of extreme. Scary.


  5. ruthsartwork
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 22:03:56

    It seems to be a summer of excesses, Dix. And not in a good way.


  6. Beth Hayes
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 22:36:01

    At first I thought I was reading the Grapes of Wrath! Sounds like a dustbowl is forming. Hope it rains soon – we had some nice flowers out back but they’re pretty much fried.


  7. ruthsartwork
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 22:53:18

    We haven’t had any real rain since the Sunday after the wedding. You two had the best of my flowers I think. I’m not sure that “The Grapes of Wrath” had a very happy ending, did it?


  8. Sonya Johnson
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 23:33:15

    We are in the middle of a pretty serious drought in our region as well, which has resulted in several forest fires throughout the state…I was seeing wildflowers at almost 9,000′ wilting due to lack of rain.

    Do you have a monsoon season where you live? Ours should start in about 1-2 weeks, and hopefully that will help. I hope you get some much needed rain in your area soon – it’s awful watching plants shrivel up and die like that :(.


  9. ruthsartwork
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:37:36

    I have heard about your fires on the news. So hard to see. We don’t have a monsoon season. We tend to get a lot of rain in Oct/Nov and April/May and snow and thunderstorms in between depending on the season. August can be dry. I think we are approaching 10″ under for the spring. We have had barely any since our son’s wedding here at the house. And as I said, I can’t water everything.


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