Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Not a Pretty Thing

"Drought"

Until this year, I thought I knew what that word meant...little did I really know.

Webster defines drought as: to dry up; a period of dryness especially when prolonged.
One that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth.

Yep, that's us.

In my corner of the parish, we have had less than one inch of rain in the last
three months and nearly every day the temperature has exceeded 100.
(This evening at 6:45 p.m. the temperature was still 106.)



I have never seen nature in such distress before.
This is what is left of the Viburnum. I fear it
is too damaged to come back next spring along with
the azaleas and hydrangeas.

We are at the point where watering is futile. There is too much dryness
and not enough water to make a difference.


Anything that is still green is wilted and tired of struggling.
The forecast for the next ten days is more of the same.
I don't have the heart to look beyond that.

I know eventually, God will send rain and the temperature will drop
and we will look back on, and talk about the "drought of 2011" in the
past tense.

But while we are living it, it is not a pretty nor a pleasant thing.

Hope your part of the world is greener, cooler and wetter!

4 comments:

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

My heart goes out to those of you who live in the severe drought regions with extreme heat. That would indeed be hard to take. I hope you get some long over due rains and cooler temps soon. Just not too much rain! We've had some very hot and humid weather this summer, but it seems to be cooling off a bit thankfully. I long for cooler days so we can open windows for some fresh air in the house.

Karen said...

I am so sorry. I know how much you love your flowers. Hope the pass me downs survive. Maybe you should just get out the Jackson and Perkins catalog and start planning for next spring. Gotta be a plan and a purpose for this!
love you
lilsis

mississippi artist said...

I know how you feel-it has been dry here for the last month and watering does no good. I certainly think our climate is changing. It is so heartbreaking to watch plants you have planted and cared for struggling and dieing. I pray you get some rain soon.

Jenni said...

I understand, Carolyn. We here in Texas are going through this with our Louisiana friends.

Some of the lakes here are drying up....makes me think of 2 Chron. 7:14.....

Just remember, we aren't alone, God sees, cares, and understands....
Take Courage, precious friend!
Hugs,
Jenni