An Irish drought!

I’ve had 36 hours in London with my granddaughter Elizabeth.  Flying back this afternoon it was clear that we are suffering a drought in Ireland. As you can see on the hydrangea above it is literally scorched. We bought this particular specimen because its autumn  colour.

I’m sure historically droughts have happened before, but here in Ireland it will clearly be rarer than most European countries. The figures in the paper today makes for grim reading. Since the beginning of September Wales has had less than 1mm, England 4.1mm, Scotland 13.5mm and we’ve had 1.2mm, that is well below our average. Look tat he miserable specimens below!

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Walking long the Long Border to go to the Walled Garden, after I arrived back this afternoon, the damage is clearly visible. Our hydrangeas and hosta are struggling. It makes me wonder if these will come again next year. I also think that the drought is responsible for the lack of fruit this year. The news that it is going to rain tomorrow is very welcome!DSC_0025 rs

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