Locally, as in many parts of the United States, we have been experiencing very dry weather. I have been gardening for 18 years and my experience has been that this happens nearly every year. In the days before many of my gardens had irrigation systems, there was very little gardening that could be done in August.
Here at MacKenzie-Childs we are very fortunate to have an extensive system that, when all is working well, keeps the lawns and gardens well supplied with water. We have a pond that serves as the reservoir for water we draw up from the lake. From the pond, a system of pipes and sprinklers distribute the water to most areas around the estate.
From my perspective, it seems like these sprinklers were mainly designed to ensure the grass stayed green, not to water the gardens completely. In the summer, an important part of our workload is to water the spots that were inadequately watered by the irrigation system. This means hauling hoses, setting cell phone timers to move systems, and trying to avoid watering the visitors. The rest on our time is spent removing the weeds that grew so well because they got watered. However, all of the hoses and irrigation systems in the world cannot replicate a good soaking rain.
It is always a relief when September comes in with the promise of shorter, cooler, and wetter days. Last weekend was our first taste of the lovely, soul renewing autumn days to come. Ellie, one of my garden helpers and photographer extraordinaire, shot some pictures of the rain as it approached.