Low 80s today, very overcast and gloomy. Kind of cool feeling.
I watered today, everything I could reach on the back hill. 40+ trees, shrubs, volunteers, new plants. I used three 150 foot hoses linked together and tried to get everything. Not just the small saplings and newly planted things, but even the bigger trees planted 4 years ago.
The good news: the multiflora rose and bittersweet are looking pretty crispy and wilted, really limp (it will all come back next year without missing a beat). Some of the mature silver maples at the top of the hill have dropping wilted leaves. They'll survive too, but they do look defoliated and sad now.
I can't believe it's been an entire summer without rain. A dry April, but then lots of rain up until June 14. Then it stopped. Since June 14 we went for days without rain, then got just 4 tenths, and 2 tenths as the month closed. Then nothing in July till an inch fell in mid July.
Since then a half inch July 23, and now for the last 26 days we have had 2 tenths of an inch. That's it, in almost a full month: 2 tenths.
I water, and water, and I can't keep up.