"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Monday, July 18, 2011

California Dreamin'

We grow em big here at our Peaceable Hill Farm.  Actually, without rain since April and 105 degrees for the past several weeks, not much is growing.  I spend my days and nights watering; vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, shrubs, potted plants and on and on...  I fear I will be losing many plantings due to this hellish heat.  I think my 15 year old hydrangeas are dead.  And, back to the berries.  They dried up before we could pick the wild ones.  Next time La Nina and her damn weather pattern is coming our way for the summer, I will be packing it up and heading to the California coast. 


A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh Yum !!
I've never seen berries so BIG :)
We seem to be in the same heat wave, tired of watering, and considering if we even plant next year.
Sorry your hydrangeas died, I bet they were huge too :)

trash talk said...

Shoot girl...even the weeds are dying in my back yard!
Those are some mighty fine looking berries.

Dixie said...

I'm feeling your pain my friend! Our big garden, watered daily is all but dead. The only thing producing is the Okra...

Praying for a tropical storm to come up through the Texas coast for some welcome wet relief... but then theres that!

I'm with you... I could use some California time myself!

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

It does seem hopeless- however the weeds continue to grow in NC. I planted little to nothing this spring summer because of the drought. It is feast or famine it seems. the berries are a reminder of how things can be. Yes, I have declared a move to cooler climates is in my future too. pgt

Xi said...

Lo siento mucho por tus hortensias. Debe ser muy grande el calor. En cambio por acá hace mucho frío.

Me dieron ganas de comer esas frambuesas.

¿Cómo estás tú, Donna?

Cariños desde Chile.

I am sorry for your hydrangeas. It must be great heat. In exchange for here we have very cold.

I wanted to eat the raspberries.

How are you, Donna?

Love from Chile.

mermaid gallery said...

no rain since april must be terrible...and all it does here is rain!...we have not had 3 days of sunshine in a row yet!...coldest,wettest, summer in 40 years....everything is lush and green and over grown...my broken lawnmower is a big problem!...drought must be awful...hope it rains soon for you and shines for us in B.C. best, susan

Debi said...

I'm scared my well might run dry!! I've watered and have good produce, but it's beginning to look tired. The horses get showered every day, so its a lot of water going out. Pray for rain. I do love the berries; wish I had a green thumb for them. Debi

Cobalt Violet said...

Yikes, what a bummer! I am so sorry.

Kirsten Steen said...

Those are some huge raspberries! My favorite fruit. Hope you get a break soon. We've also had the coolest, wettest summer yet, finally getting some sun with temps in the 80's. Means however that we have to use neither the heat nor the air conditioning so far. Has been raining in Paris too! Keep cool and enjoy your weekend!