A dry hot April, a wet cold May. What is the world coming to? Late April freezes have nixed the wisteria show for gardeners, yet month long May rains would have made the whole thing fairly pointless anyway. Ye Gods!
I am in turns content with a forced respite from the garden as I finish up the last pieces of a book project, and annoyed when I finally get out there only to find calibrachoa and strawberries covered in mold.
The equisetum is happy. Ecstatic even. Chard and lettuces have put on enormous growth and all of the potted winter-dug cannas are up and ready for forever homes. Meanwhile, the grasses are stunted, the succulents are sodden and the squash and peppers cry softly at night and won’t be cajoled.
Much like our local nursery owners.
One of them tells me that this is the toughest season she’s ever been faced with. She’s simply never had to work so hard to produce a decent product.
When customers buy perennials based on the amount of bloom present in the pot (delayed satisfaction be damned) – and you have a precious two to three week bloom period in which to market the heck out of them – the last thing you need as a grower is cold, petal-saturating rain. Particularly as you’ve already had to cope with plunging temperatures in late April.