Those who forecast the weather are gloating over a recent break in our Midwestern heat (like they had something to do with it!)
Temps that were hanging in the high 90s and low 100s have dropped — finally! — to a more reasonable low 90s.
So far, so good. What they fail to mention is how dry it is.
I’m not a farmer, and I can’t find any data to corroborate this, but I’m calling it a drought. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck!
While parts of Illinois benefited from the passage of a cold front (and its accompanying storms), we did not. No rain for weeks on end.
Oddly enough, our plants seem to recognize the difference between Mother Nature’s drenching and the stream from a garden hose.
Since a picture is better than my rambling and complaining about it, take a look and see for yourself:
Wonder if our Kentucky Bluegrass will turn green again?
Big ole cracks where grass is supposed to be
This redbud, I’m afraid, has seen its last days
Weeds seem to love this dry heat!
Now, lest you think all is lost, let me contrast this dire picture with some that show what happens when plants do get water (even if it’s from a hose!):
Aren’t these beautiful and happy-looking?
Snapdragons in full bloom love the sun
Vinca, another sun-loving flower
My crepe myrtle — yes, it should be pruned, but that’s a chore for late winter. Isn’t it magnificent, though?