Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wilted Plants, Wilted Gardeners
It's too darn hot and way too dry. Even this black eyed Susan is wilted in this heat. I wouldn't even consider showing you a picture of the wilted gardeners at this point.
For days Ed has spent his morning carrying water one watering can at a time to try to rescue the suffering. The watering has to be done on a triage basis. We have a good well and we want to keep it that way. The plants have to deal with it. He watered the summer sweet and cardinal flower yesterday. They look better this morning, but the relief is temporary. We need rain.
I gave up spending time in the sun and 90 degree heat several days ago. I'm a pale delicate flower who wilts easily. I've been watching the hummingbirds flit around the trumpet vine from inside the cool house. I even got a good look at a bright blue male indigo bunting sitting on the railing outside my kitchen door. Now the heat has gotten to Ed. The garden is important to us. We love our plants, but they are expendable. Ed is not! Perhaps the heat will break and we will get some rain. It seem surreal here in Upstate New York to think of temperatures in the eighties as cooling off.