There are places in the world experiencing severe drought. This is not one of those places. New Hampshire is one of many states experiencing significant rainfall. The rain seems to be with us day after day after soggy day. I don’t mind the rain at all, but I like a little balance with my weather. And so does the garden.
The lawn looks as good as it’s going to look. Most of the foliage is thriving in the garden as the plants are drunk with rain water. The constant rain has also greened up the forest, providing deep shade that the ferns seem to thrive in. A walk in the woods right now would require rain pants as much as a rain coat. The drawback of course is that the rain has delighted the mosquito population. I keep emptying the birdbath so they don’t use it as a breeding ground, but lets face it, there’s no shortage of wet places for mosquitos to breed this month.
And not all plants love the rain. The tomatoes are growing but being constantly wet isn’t good for them. Likewise, the Supertunias are suffering from the constant wetness on the flowers and leaves. The cilantro looks genuinely annoyed with the weather. These are plants bred for hot sunny days, not April showers in June. But that’s the state of spring in New England most years now. And so we make the most of it, the plants and me too.
If the garden accelerates with the rain, traffic does the opposite. Things slow to a standstill when you add water to roads, and this week has been tough for commuters. People drive more slowly, and people that drive carelessly have less room for error, resulting in more accidents. Indeed, the highways are more unpleasant with this weather, and so are the people on them.
But the garden offers refuge. A little rain doesn’t stop a gardener, and I was out in the garden early this morning surveying things before getting to work. And things are looking up. The plants, for the most part, are thriving. My water bill will be lower this June than in years past. And the weekend looks like a return to sunny days. Things are looking up, even in a downpour.