With all of our visitors now gone Missy and I are appreciating the serentity. It's been a hectic time over the past month. While I've been at work John has been enjoying being a Grandpa and entertaining the children, but it has left time for only the most essential gardening chores - namely watering our poor plants. The garden has been suffering terribly. Our temperatures have been consistently in the high 30s and even over 40 degrees C with no rain at all this month. Our tanks are almost empty.
Lately, I haven't had time to blog but haven't felt like it either. I couldn't bring myself to take photos of sunburnt foliage, limp leaves and parched plants. The only hint of green in our brown crunchy lawn has been the weeds that seem to thrive in harsh conditions. Mowing caused clouds of dust and merely chopped the seedheads off the weeds.
Anything in the veggie patch that wasn't killed by the heat have been attacked by bugs. The chickens don't mind though - that means they get some protein with their greens. They have felt the heat as well. Some days they were just standing around panting with their wings held out trying to keep cool and too lethargic even to scratch in the dust.
Did I say I loved Summer?
But then, last night it started to rain - a gentle soaking rain that will revive struggling plants, fill our tanks and bring our garden back to life again. The rain is predicted to continue for the next few days. Yay!!!
We have a three day weekend coming up and I had planned to spend most of my time in the garden. Depending on how heavy the rain comes down, those plans may need to change, but I don't mind. The rain will do more good for the garden than anything I could offer.