6.4.12 Wet and bedraggled

A Nor’easter has blown in, ripping the leaves right off the trees.

It came in Saturday, continued on through Sunday, and doesn’t look to ease up for another couple of days.

After which, there’s sure to be a mess of soggy debris to contend with.

We didn’t know what to expect when we checked on the vegetable garden, but things look like they’re hanging in there.

Including the newly transplanted tomatoes — still standing, if a little disheveled.

Three inches of rain recorded for Saturday and Sunday, and another two since then.

It’s much too wet out to linger — a quick harvest of asparagus, green onions and garlic chives to make dinner with, and some rhubarb stalks for a batch of scones.

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12 Responses to 6.4.12 Wet and bedraggled

  1. Norma Chang says:

    Some weather we are having so far this year. Last Tuesday we were in the 90’s today it is in the 60’s, tonight may drop to the 40’s and my sweet potatoes slips are in the ground. They do not like cold night at all, sure hope they will not suffer a set back..

    • leduesorelle says:

      This sequence of weather is certainly challenging for both experienced and beginner gardener alike…

  2. Crazy! Time to dry out a bit, I’d say. Not to mention the ridiculousness of turning the heat on or loading up the woodstove in June! We’ll be seeing some rotting, if this continues. Your garden looks great!

    • leduesorelle says:

      You’re so right, Eleanor! I’ve been reluctant to turn up the heat, but then I notice that it’s below 60 degrees out… it remains to be seen what’s going to happen with the warmer weather vegetables, but we’ve still a lot of spring things that are definitely benefitting.

  3. kitsapfg says:

    Beautiful rhubarb – and rhubarb scones sound absolutely delicious! Hurrah for those tomatoes hanging in there. They deserve a medal of honor for their bravery.

    • leduesorelle says:

      Thank you for that image of brave little tomato soldiers! And the rhubarb scones turned out more delicious than I expected, a very cheering thing on a gloomy day.

  4. Liz says:

    And I thought our two inches was a lot of rain……Love the vivid red of the rhubarb.

    • leduesorelle says:

      If nothing else, the light from gloomy weather makes for great photographs! We’ve two varieties of rhubarb, this one is called MacDonald and is finally established enough to cook from. Turned out perfect for baking into scones!

  5. I know just how you feel too, as we have had downpours of rain here in Wales for the last few days…this time last week I was spending each evening watering the garden now I’m emptying pots/containers as everything is getting waterlogged!!

    • leduesorelle says:

      My biggest worry is the rain washing away nutrients from the soil. I haven’t done container plants in awhile, and am giving it a go again this season but they are a little bothersome to maintain…

  6. maryhysong says:

    We are so hot and dry; no rain since March 18 and then only .8″ And none in sight. Going to be a long hot summer. Glad your garden wasn’t damaged by the storm though, sometimes in May we have really bad storms with high winds and hail.

    • leduesorelle says:

      High winds and hail are the worse, we’ve seen farms wiped out completely by these storms. That’s very little rainfall indeed. It’s a challenge to figure out growing things in a changing climate.

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