10 Inches of Rain this Month
|tree dying from too much rain|
We are losing a couple of young fruit trees because their roots cannot get enough oxygen - the water cannot flow away fast enough.
Also with the rain, we are having cool temperatures so the kale, peas, parsley, fennel and green beans are enjoying themselves. The tomatoes, basil, sunflowers and other heat loving plants, not so much.
|Clematis - no sun|
|Arun flower bud|
Many of the perennial seedlings I put out over the month have just sat there; others have died. No sun, cool temperatures, sopping wet soil all have combined to slow them down to a crawl.
In the shade garden, the Arum flower is full-size but the ground has been so wet for such a long time that it fell over and had to be staked - first time in 5 years.
Another issue you may be having also, is that without sun, pollinators are not out in the abundance we are accustomed to. They need warm, sunny days to
|Grapes on the vine|
On sunny days, you can hear the bees buzzing around the vines. One thse 50 to 65 degree, cloudy and rainy days not much is happening.
One thing gardeners know is that we take the good with the bad each year. So, this year we'll take the bumper crops of lettuce and cool season crops and celebrate what we have.