That’s what we need with this year, a fresh start to the year.
All that expectation and hope for a wonderful year of gardening is being washed away in some places around the country and drying into nothingness in other places. We are of the latter. Every blackened storm that blew our way just kept on going. To have a garden filled with bloom needs the rains to fall. I have noticed people are buying and planting less due to drought.
Poppies, lupine and foxglove.
Tuesday (May 26th) was the “233rd day in a row there’s been less than 0.75 inches of rain recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s weather station.” Buffalo News source. We’re averaging less rainfall than is considered normal and healthy for trees and shrubs. Seeing cracked earth in Western New York has been a common sight.
Salvia, flax, verbascum, and dianthus.
Rainfall has become very sporadic and quick, only lasting a minute or two. When we did get rain in May for that minute or two, it was very heavy, and heavy rain just makes things worse rather than better. Drought followed by heavy rain is just a bad situation on a worsening situation, usually just running off rather than soaking into the soil. This made watering the garden a must.
Iris in the Asiatic lily and allium box-bed.
My garden has remained OK due to watering every few days and we finally did get some rain this Sunday. I am not fond of regular watering, but trees and large shrubs, the arborvitae especially, are severely affected. I really can’t get enough water to them where they are planted. The boxwood and many perennials are well suited for dryer conditions, yet all plants need rain. I am hoping for rain here, but it looks like the rain has been forecast for next week. Fingers crossed we get rain.
Front garden blooms.
Off to the Fling on Thursday and it looks to be rain free for the most part. Garden posts will auto-load during my time away. Don’t miss Lush Gardens of June Can Leave Gaps in the Garden on June 6th. It has a few tips you might not know. Then a great post, So You Want to Change Bloom Time on Your Perennials?, a must see post on June 8th. I will be back in no time, see you then…
Rear garden blooms.