Saturday, August 30, 2008

Déjà Vu

What can I say? It's last summer all over again. We've had no rain for oh, let's see . . . six weeks. And then it was .2 of an inch. The time before that was July 8, when we got almost an inch. Things are drier than dry.

We planted a tree at the beginning of the month and as far down as we dug, it was bone dry. There are huge cracks in the yard and the gardens, in spite of the watering we've been doing. We don't water the yard at all and it's crunchy brown, having gone dormant.

Didn't we do this last year?

The next chance for rain is September 5th and even then it's calling for isolated thunderstorms. The plants and trees are showing signs of stress and we're doing our best to keep them minimally happy until we get a good soaking rain. I hate to see things go into winter in this compromised condition. It won't bode well for them to survive the harsh winter that we're predicted to have.

So I repeat: Is it too much to ask for a LITTLE PRECIPITATION???


Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Oh dear! You're having another "No. California Summer"? Not fun! I will pray for you to have rain soon to quench your parched gardens.

Hugs and prayers,

Carol Michel said...

I'd sure like some rain over here in Indiana, too. After so much rain earlier in the summer, this is just weird to now be as dry as we are. Time to lug out some hoses and sprinklers.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Sheila said...

Frustrating isn't it? We haven't had rain since March I believe, but that is fairly common for this part of the country, but we are looking forward to a little relief too.

Unknown said...

I feel your pain, Kylee. It rained almost ALL DAY on Thursday (I think it was Thursday) but we got less than 1/2" from that. Added another 1/4" last night, for a whopping total of 3/4" in the past month. *sigh*

I really want to pick up a replacement for my doublefile viburnum, but I can't bring myself to buy anything just yet, knowing how much I'm going to have to water the darn thing. :(

Diana said...

Oh - I empathize with you. We are also very dry. We got some sprinkles a few days ago, but in the 100ths of an inch, barely measurable in this drought. I hope that the Gulf Coast is spared this hurricane, but it would be nice if it died down and just brought us all some rain.

Anonymous said...

It is not too much to ask, and I feel your pain. Until recently, we were bone dry too. I hope you get some precip soon.

min hus said...

Sounds like it's even worse in your part of the state. We got a whopping .2" or so last week in Columbus. I don't water my lawn, or even the established plants much, and think I might have to reseed the lawn next year. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

I hope you get some rain soon. We finally got some the last night. But I could of used a few days of rain to make up for the weeks of dryness.

Rose said...

I understand how frustrated you feel. After so much rain this spring and early summer, it seems almost greedy to be asking for rain, but we really need it. Wish I could have saved some of that rain from June!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can so identify with this post Kylee. We must be in the same cycle with weather. Just hot and dry.

Kylee Baumle said...

Cindy ~ Yes, it looks like we are and you're right. No fun unless all you want to grow are sedums and Black-eyed Susans. Thank you for your prayers, for rain and other good things! :-)

Carol ~ Yes, we've had the sprinklers out for quite some time now. I think you got a bit more rain earlier on than we did, or maybe it's been so long since we got any that I can't remember!

Sheila ~ It IS frustrating because I had said this past winter that I was not going to water like we did last summer so that the plants would learn to tough it out, but that isn't what happened. They were suffering quite a few weeks ago, and I couldn't bear to watch that. So, we've been watering. Hope you get some rain soon, too!

Kim ~ I'd be thrilled to even get that much rain! It just HAS to rain soon, doesn't it??
I haven't been able to resist buying a few things. I figure if I've got the hose out already, what's one or two more to water? But my small doublefile has shown stress, so you're probably smart to wait.

Diana ~ I hope you get some rain soon, too. Ditto, about the hurricane. Rain is good, in moderation, and without wind.

Pam ~ I guess I shouldn't complain since so many other people are experiencing the very same thing, but it's hard not to when you see the lawn so brown and the plants suffering, and the trees dropping leaves way too soon.

min hus ~ I thought maybe our lawn was just dormant, but Romie said he thinks we may have to reseed some of it next spring, too. I can't remember when we had to do that before. :-(

PGL ~ Glad you got some rain, no matter how little. Like you, we need days and days of it, just to catch up.

Rose ~ Wouldn't that have been nice to have been able to save the extra rain? I guess I do have some of it in a rain barrel, but we haven't used that. I mean, when you have to have the hose out with the sprinkler, watering everything anyway...

Lisa ~ Yep...and don't you hate how dusty and dirty things are when it's like this? Plus, it's the time of year when the spider webs are more abundant. Ick.

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