Battling the Big Dry

I suppose you should expect it in February…but there was last wonderful summer when it rained every couple of weeks and everything kept growing like spring time. As usual with the weather it’s pay back time…

dead lawns and giant cracks

Hmmm, it appears my February blog never got finished. I remember thinking I need to go out and take some explanatory photos of the dead lawns and giant cracks…

…and then IT RAINED!!! We had 125.5 mils over the course of 3 days. All the struggling plants in out of the way places were saved!! and the farm turned from brown to lush green. The calves became happy and the horses all went crazy! As did the garden and the weeds. Luckily we had spread a truckload of mulch during the dry period or the weeding would have been impossible.

Maman Cochet before the rain, opening her first flowers of the season properly. Teas love the drought…

And now it’s March and it’s raining again. Boy is it raining, I think we’re approaching the 200 mil mark on this bout, and that’s just silly. Not even a garden in March needs that much rain! Luckily the temperature has dropped to more autumnal levels, so hopefully the funguses(fungi?) won’t take off again.

So, to wrap up the February/March garden news….first it didn’t rain and then it did.

P.S. The roses are having a lot of happiness and some are a little confused eg Albertine is flowering. This is a first for me, although I have heard of it in other people’s gardens.