wah-wahnt...wah-wahnt..wah-wahnt...We interrupt your regularly scheduled garden blog for this important weather announcement: There will be no regularly scheduled finale to the garden rose season in the Flint Hills because of inclement weather, botrytis blight, wind, and general calamity.
This morning, my rain gauges both registered 4.7 inches of rain. Since they are only 5 inch gauges, I don't know if we that is all that fell in the past 12 hours or whether the gauges filled at some point and the additional drops coming in were splashing out more then they added. So the 5.1+ inches of rain I recorded should put the area out of the drought, at least temporarily. The yard and beds are sopping wet and my anticipated roses are hanging down limply off their stems. Such is the life of a rose-nut in the Kansas Flint Hills. In the next few weeks I'll post a few more rose blogs, but the best pictures will have to wait for the second wave of the remonant roses. If, and only if, they don't bake in the July sun.
Turning on the news this morning, I almost felt guilty for planning this blog after finding out that Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a tornado last night. Killer tornados in Massachusetts? Good grief, what's next? A tidal wave in the Great Plains?