It’s funny how when you’re growing your supply of vegetables and fruit for the year the weather takes on a whole new meaning. The recent hot spell with lots of lovely sunshine was great but I started to worry about my poor plants dying of thirst, and even considered watering my flower beds which I only do if there’s been a particularly long spell of dry weather. For us that usually means August and the inevitable hours of watering at nightfall or in the early hours of the morning.
After the latest dry spell we finally had some rain…..but. . The problem with thunder and lightning storms is the deluge of rain on bone dry earth and even worse the hail. So I’m now looking at my recently planted tomato and basil plants being battered by hail, and hoping my newly sewn bed of carrots and beetroot doesn’t get washed out! The good news? – The cherry blossom has finished and the cherry fruits are developing so a more timely drop of rain couldn’t be more appreciated by the cherry trees. Oh, and the apricots and sole peach tree……..but the apple and pear blossom risks a battering from the hail.
Moral of the story…. you win some and you loose some. Some years are good for cherries or tomatoes and other years are better for apples or peas. C’est la vie.