Its official. Ireland is in a drought situation. We’ve had no rain for 15 days – yes FIFTEEN days!! In a country where rain is normally a daily occurrence, this is big news. Send us water immediately foreign people, otherwise we will dehydrate into piles of green Irish dust!
Instead of rain we’ve had temperatures every day in the mid to high 20s. We’ve even had a record 30 degrees in places. A full-blown heat-wave by our standards. Though nobody is complaining, because it’s been years since we’ve had any kind of summer.
Our councils have started putting water restrictions in place. So the fun the kids have been having with hosepipes and paddling pools may be coming to an end. You see, in a country where rain is plentiful, nobody plans for the rare times when we get none. So we are likely to run short if this keeps up.
So far I have to say my garden is doing ok. Nothing is wilting and I haven’t been watering anything other than the few pots with flowers in. Even the Fuchsia and another unknown rambler that have transplanted into my garden from next-door, are looking well and healthy.
I bought a native Irish apple tree at Irish Seed Savers a few years back. Seed Savers are an organisation who dedicate themselves to increasing the numbers of native Irish plants available to the public, because many species went into decline over the past 50 years or so. My tree seems like the garden and sunshine. Right now it has some baby apples growing on it’s branches. They look big in the photos but they are about the size of small limes for the moment and probably just as sour!
And the bees, who a few short weeks ago were frozen and wearing hats and mittens, are now out in the sun enjoying as many flowers as possible.
It’s all good so far folks.
Just keep some water for us. Just in case.