The rain finally came on 28/29 July!

Just thought I’d let you know! (see last post)  Approx 9 weeks without any real rain – just a few bits of drizzle once in a while.

Oddly enough – it feels more like September than the first of August – some of the leaves on the trees have changed into Autumn colours and have dropped and littered the lane, and its too late for me to replant the garden where there are gaps from the plants that couldn’t cope.

Farmers are using up the feed they would normally store until winter, as many fields turned yellow – and some of them are warning they may have to slaughter some of their cattle as there is not enough food for them.   I wonder what other consequences there will be of the drought?

 

Waiting for Rain – in Wales!

At 3am this morning I opened the window to find it was raining – I nearly did a dance!

This Wales – Carmarthenshire in Mid Wales – where it rains so much that we often yearn for a few days of dry weather.  But this year, as many of you will know, we have just had 8 weeks without any rain, and the hottest weather I can ever remember – often over 30 degrees C.

The first few days were great, especially as they were in May, when despite everyone’s idea of summer being August – the end of May is usually the hottest time of the year.  Just when all the exams are going on!

It’s got boring having hot weather for nearly two months, and really – no rain at all!  I had lots of work to do in my relatively new garden – it has been too hot to do any digging, and anyway, there was no point in planting anything without being able to water it copiously every day – so most of the plants I bought are in large plant pots for the duration. In other parts of the garden, the soil is so dry that it’s just powder.

I’m wondering about what is left of my old garden in Ystalyfera – half of which went down the hill during a period of heavy rain in February 2017.  It’s been just as dry in the Swansea Valley, and any heavy rain could create new landslips.

There have been a few false hopes – weather forecasts were showing some showers – but they never came here – I’ve felt a few rain drops once in a while, but they soon disappeared, and there have been grey skies for a couple of days – but no rain!

I’m not expecting much today either – the rain at 3 am was a light shower, but its gone now!

Being rural Wales, the real problem is not my garden, but the farms not being able to grow food, and the hay having to be harvested now, because the grass is so dry that nothing is growing.  Expect the price of food to go up as a result.

So I am still Waiting for Rain – and so is half the country!  Hose pipe bans are threatened.

 

Find the chickens …..

marans, possibly a hen and a cockerel?

marans, possibly a hen and a cockerel?

The chicks are coming up to 12 weeks old now – and are out in the garden most of the time – and like all naughty kids, they will go into the fenced off area, where I have been trying to grow some flowers – I thought you might like to see how the marans have grown – but you’ll have to find them first! (there are two of them in this picture)

find the chickens

find the chickens

and – remember I told you the rose had fallen into the bed – well I took this picture when the chickens had been chased out – its just around where the chickens were hiding.

The stem on the left hand side is a vine – I got some lovely grapes last year – mmm ….

rose & vine

rose & vine

I told you the bay tree wouldn’t die!

This is the view from my back garden - stunning isn't it!  I actually took the picture to record the pruning of the overgrown bay tree - I hung the heavy clippers on the tree when I took a break!  The reason I did this was partly to give me space to put the cage I use when I introduce young chicks to the outside world - and my chicks are going to need it soon. Don't worry about the bay tree - it will soon be covered with new growth - they recover from massacres like this quite quickly!

This is the view from my back garden – stunning isn’t it! I actually took the picture to record the pruning of the overgrown bay tree – I hung the heavy clippers on the tree when I took a break! The reason I did this was partly to give me space to put the cage I use when I introduce young chicks to the outside world – and my chicks are going to need it soon.
Don’t worry about the bay tree – it will soon be covered with new growth – they recover from massacres like this quite quickly!

You may remember that in early April I put up a picture of my heavily pruned bay tree – and in the caption assured you that it would soon be covered with new growth……..

Well its taken a little while to agree with me – after all the “haircut” was pretty vicious – but here are the new shoots – all over the tree!

the same bay tree - now recovering from its 'haircut'

the same bay tree – now recovering from its ‘haircut’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is another picture showing the shoots all over the tree!

recovering bay tree

recovering bay tree

And this is a very old ‘rambling rose’ – can’t remember what its called – that was growing up some trellis work that was groaning under its weight.  It finally lost the battle in the recent heavy winds, and the rose has come down into the rest of the bed.  I don’t want to waste all those lovely pink flowers, so I’ll wait until they fade before I prune it! (see also next post)

the rambling rose no longer growing upwards!

the rambling rose no longer growing upwards!