I'm getting pretty sick of being a slave to the water hose and watering can. Since June we have missed about every strom that has came up. This morning I was reading the Carolina Butterfly Society newsletter and a member in Raleigh was whining about the drought there. In the past few weeks every big storm that has came by dumped some good rains on Raleigh(hope his article was at least dated) and missed us entirely. This morning more rains passed through Raleigh and we got drops on the rain chains. Yesterday Charlotte (2.5 hours from here) got 6 inches in two hours, flooding in fact, we got nothing.
The heat, yesterday was reported to have a high of 88, first day in the 80s I can recall in sometime. Every week the forecast never drops below the 90s, we might be breaking an all time record for days in triple digits this year, we are very close. The news reported Raleigh(1 hour from here) has broken the record for 100+ degree days in a year and said that the hottest years in recorded history 5 of them have been in the last 10 years, due to all the concrete and buildings there.
On to brighter news I started the beehive because last year we did not get one squash in the garden. Today I found over a dozen blooms on the summer squash that got planted late. I think it is 3 year old pattypan squash seeds, Meg planted it under the pea trellis with Kentucky Wonder beans which are doing great too. This 7 foot trellis I have been hand watering 5 gallons a day from the rain tote under the deck. I believe the upper rain tote is empty or very close to empty. Hoping the rain today will fill the rain totes back up, we can store 600 gallons of water in them combined.
here is our pond, drying up pretty fast, the brown you see is mud. The water lilies are out of control, bad mistake to put them in the pond, we do see hundreds of flowers at times, this morning I noted 2 flowers under very overcast skies.
This blog is approaching 300 posts and 4000 comments (only 13 away from 4000). We made a milestone recently my garden art post from 2009 hit 2000 visits and installing rain chains made the top 10 all time posts, first post to reach that goal in the same year let alone month!
Currently Doppler Radar shows rains directly to the south of us, we might get some of this rain. Here is a link to the local doppler map, we are at the top center of the map.