Well, it is official. We are officially in drought status (that’s us near Eau Claire).
The impact is showing up all over the area. A Sugar Maple the next town over is in full, red, autumn color. My Monarda has gone over, as have the Echinacea- both are looking much, much worse for the wear, though I know they will be fine in the long run. Trees in the forest have drooping, sagging leaves and the grasses on our hillside is already turning to their wintery shades of brown. Even the Birch, Aspen, and Poplars are starting to yellow. The ferns along the road are all brown and toasted. Its rough out there.
Frankly, it sucks. And this is when I’m most reticent about having a large garden. There is simply no way (without draining the well) to keep everything watered and happy. Some things, like one of my new Clematis won’t make it. Some things are going to be stunted for a year or two because of it (likely the Dwarf European Cranberry Bushes I planted this Spring). Some things are just going to look god-awful for the rest of the year.
On bright side, most of the plants in the Main Garden are doing well; Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, Millennium Onions, and Hydrangeas. The Sedum and grasses don’t seem fazed at all. The Lavender seems rather happy, in fact. Not all is lost.
This is also when, hopefully, all the time and research picking out plants that genuinely like our conditions and can withstand drought conditions will shine brightest. Though only time will tell.
We are supposed to have some rain today and again on Friday. Neither storms will likely produce enough to make a big difference, but any rain is good rain at this point.