Saturday, July 9, 2016

Raindrops on Melon Leaves

What a difference a year makes. Last Summer we had already hit 100 degrees twice in the first few days of July and were on the path to an extremely hot, dry Summer. This year, with the exception of a hot spell in May, we have enjoyed warm, mild weather. And even more unusual, we are in the midst of a 4-day rainy period in July. As of this morning the rain gauge showed 1/2 inch received since Thursday, with more rain expected today and Sunday. I have to admit that I am really enjoying this break from daily watering. And while the "Magnificenza" melon, pictured above, might not be too happy, I know that the dahlias will love the rain and the highs only in the low 70's. I always notice a burst of dark green, healthy growth on the dahlias after a fresh rainfall.

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