The bonus to standing with the hose is a chance to take in a slow view of things. Watch birds flit about the yard. Or clouds move across the sky casting shadows on the parched landscape. A moment to pluck and crush Japanese beetles munching away on the apple trees. Or pick blueberries while the hose rests at their feet, giving the roots a deep soak to yield plump berries.
Happiness in Blue
It did rain today, but only briefly. I went out and just stood, listening to that sound of water hitting leaves, ground, roof. I thought "Come on, come on, keep going, PLEASE." It has been nearly a month since we had any appreciable rain, so it's getting critical. More is forecast for tomorrow. Fingers crossed that we are under the 60% of sky that's predicted to give a decent shower. We'll need at least an inch to even begin to soak down into the baked and cracked soil.
Good news is that diligent watering does yield vegetables. And the lack of rain has probably saved our tomatoes from the blight that was overtaking them earlier in the season after the one heavy rain we had back in May.
Happiness in Red and Yellow
We are also fortunate to have a well. Here's hoping it keeps on pumping cool clear water from deep in the ground for many years to come.
Nothing really says July quite like day lilies. This one is a fave with its green throat in contrast against those velvety purple petals.
This two-toner is another beauty
I've noticed the plants with tuberous roots; day lilies, ginger lilies, peonies, are much better able to endure the lack of water. But even they are beginning to show signs of distress.
Come on. Rain.