Actually, it’s oh so hot, and dry. We are desperate for some rain – not downpours as the ground is too baked and it would just run off. We need lighter but prolonged rain.
Around town, the grass everywhere is like tinder and it’s hard to believe it will ever be green again. In our garden, everything is scorched and thirsty. The water butts are almost empty and I’m eking out the last of it for the azalea, rhododendrons and camellia as they won’t tolerate our lime-infused tap water. We have a combi boiler so there is usually a good deal of cold water to run before the hot starts, so that is carefully put aside for watering. Biodegradable washing up liquid means we can use our washing up water on the flower beds – but not on anything edible.
I’m resigned to losing more plants, probably even more than I lost to the cold weather in March. One dwarf rhododendron looks very sad. The prunus is struggling. All of the cornus are suffering and the hydrangeas are definitely not happy. The Met Office says we will have slightly lower temperatures this week but there’s no certainty of rain in our part of the country. We might get showers on Friday; but then, they said that last week. I really hope they’re right this time. At least we haven’t got a hosepipe ban yet!