On the 16th some of my kids went blackberry picking about 2 miles away (as the crow flies). While they were gone, it sprinkled just a bit outside, not enough to stop a determined berry picker. Well, when the kids got home, they were soaked! Apparently what was a sprinkle over here was a torrential downpour over there. I think they had a good half inch of rainwater in their berry buckets when they pulled up our dusty driveway.
We did get some rain on Sunday, but I wasn’t home when we got it. Those who were here seemed to think it was a decent rainfall, but when I pulled a few weeds on Monday, the roots were dry as ever. My friend Bub said she got 12/100 of an inch in her rain gauge (mine’s broken), but she’s a mile and a half away in a different direction than the berry patch, so who knows? Maybe we got a bit more. At any rate, it is still way too dry here. We have started our usual water conservation measures and are praying that will be enough.
But both the heat and the humidity have dropped significantly, which is a huge relief. It finally feels like a normal summer. Too bad it’s almost over. Goldenrod and asters have started blooming. Joe-Pye weed has been blooming for a while. In your area, would you call those plants late-summer plants or early-autumn plants (assuming they grow in your area)?