It is a long time since I wrote a post, I hadn’t realised how the time has flown by. I am still at home a lot, just going out a couple of times a week and keeping away from all the people having a staycation here in Devon. It has been announced on our local news that Devon and Cornwall are “Full”, we can’t cope with anyone else coming here for a holiday if we are to obey social distancing rules!
The weather has been so very hot over the past few weeks, which has meant lots of watering. Pots and greenhouse obviously get watered each day, but gradually a few shrubs showed that they were thirsty in spite of being on heavy clay. As we are on a water metre I water by hand and lugging numerous cans of water round the garden took its tole on my back!
For a long time now we have been promised rain, thunder and lightning, but we have had….nothing…..not a drop. The thunder rolls around and we can see the black clouds approaching, but then they pass us by and its out with the watering cans once again!
That is until a couple of days ago when it got darker and darker, the wind got up and lashed all the trees so that leaves were falling as though it was autumn and then the rain started, torrential rain and it went on all day, thank goodness.
It also rained yesterday and today, so I have only had the greenhouse to water, which has made a nice change. The shrubs that were looking stressed are now looking very happy indeed, happy plants make me happy.
Hydrangeas, which I normally rely on for summer colour are the ones that really suffered in the hot drought, in spite of watering, they must have needed more than one bucket each. They have perked up beautifully though so even though their flowers are over on some of them, at least they still alive and hopefully will be back to normal next year.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this each month, do pop over to see lots more lovely flowers.