Yesterday, it rained 13 millimeters, about 1/2 an inch. That’s not a lot, yet it’s pretty much all we’ve had since June 23rd. I am not at all surprised at the satellite images of Europe this summer, with everything looking brown and parched instead of the usual green. My wife got me a weather station last year (I love data, after all), and the local rain graph for this year look truly pitiful.

Good thing we are “training” our trees and plants to survive on little water – the summers aren’t likely to get more wet, and constantly watering them isn’t a long term solution. Better let them dig their roots deeper and find what little is their. We will have some apples this year, and a few pears. (More on those in a later post.) Everything that ripened in May or June was fine, water-wise. I had a bunch of gooseberries, currants and raspberries; the plants are still young, and I’m looking forward to next year when I might have enough black currants to make my own cassis. (Or some mead with berries?)

Anyway, in May, when everything was still greener, a friend was here for a visit, and she took a great picture of our lush and idyllic garden:

Two dogs in a green garden

Looks like Photoshop, doesn’t it? I can assure you that it’s not.

If our economic behavior doesn’t radically change, green vistas like this will get fewer and fewer…

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