Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My sad yard

This year we had a very cold spring. Then there was the frost right up into June! We planted our vegetable garden late this spring to avoid the frost only to watch as nothing thrived. We've experienced drought conditions in our area throughout the "summer". See the only tomatoes which survived, in the hard, dry earth?

Some of our perennials did come up, but many just couldn't live in these conditions.

The flowers that I planted in portable planters faired better, largely because I hand-watered them throughout the season.

The raspberry bushes produced very few berries ~ all of them teeny.

Our Virginia Creeper seemed to do reasonably well which is great. Of course the aphids continue to try to destroy them again, but I think I just may have found a environmently friendly homemade formula to ward them off.

Our city usually gets approximately 45 millimetres of rain in May, plus another 80-some millimetres in June. This year however, apparently we've had under 20 millimetres all summer.

Yesterday, I saw some Canada Geese flying in formation.


sherry ♥ lee said...

Oh Dawn, your poor garden...this has been such a harsh spring/summer. We've had much too much rain this way and you've had much too little. There was no "balance". But I smile to think of the plants that did their best to grow, in spite of all the hardship they were faced with.

At least your garden gnomes are smiling!! :)

Kim Mailhot said...

That just plain sucks !!!! We had a terrible start to our summer too though the opposite of yours - it rained and rained and rained until August 1st. Now we are having a month that feels like it should have been in July - very hot and humid. Have to admit, it feels like a gift !
Unbelievable how much we are affected by the weather patterns, isn't it ? I hope you are finding other moist, juicy, nourishing stuff to fill your soul with, Lovely Dawn ! Wishing that for you !

The Joyful Artist said...

Shhhh Dawn don't say geese....