I could not keep up with watering everything this summer and so my garden suffered. Badly. But there were some areas I did faithfully water and yet those well watered plants struggled, diminished, limped along and looked awful even though the soil was plenty damp.
And now, with the magic of a soaking overnight rain and cool temperatures, those strugglers look refreshed.
I've often marveled that hand watering the gardens repeatedly with a hose never produces the effect that water falling out of the sky does.