Monday, June 02, 2008

The rain, or lack thereof

I've been taking stock of the rain so far this spring, and we're in a deficit...again. After a winter of very good snowfall, the second half of April was too warm and dry.

May turned cool and gave us some good rains in the first two weeks, but after that nothing measurable until the end of the month, when we had a thundershower that netted 3/10ths of an inch. According to my records, we had under 2-and-a-half inches of rain in the entire month.

You expect dryness in high summer, but it's disappointing when it's too dry so early in spring. Last year was the same. Let's hope the weather pattern changes now that it's June. There is rain in the forecast for tomorrow.*

Here's how the Ontario precipitation map looks covering April 1 to May 29:

We are in the "very low" region at the tip of Lake Ontario

*It rained on June 3rd, but just 4/10ths of an inch. Better than nothing, but we could use more.

© Yvonne Cunnington, Country Gardener


  1. Hi Yvonne,
    I get pretty much the same weather as you but on the other side of the lake. I have come to the conclusion that July through Sept have become very desert-like. Last year it started in June. It's so sad to see the gardens suffer. I'm learning, as you are showing, that it is a good idea to plant drought tolerant plants in my gardens, as well as just letting go and using native wildflowers. I hope things don't get as dry as they have been. Maybe this year will be a little different.

  2. Hi Eve: Drought-tolerant planting is certainly a very good thing, and I've always believed the country gardens in particular need tough plants, and lots of natives fit the bill. But drought is so disappointing when you want to see your garden thrive, not just survive.


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