It’s been so dry here lately, everyone is suffering. Water restrictions in most towns and counties are the norm. I think we are about 12″ down for the year on our water table, that’s not good at all. My Silver Maple tree that was planted two years ago is suffering terribly. I am torn between watering it to save it, and saving the water in our well should the dryness continue. She (yes, it’s a she……don’t ask my why, but I can reassure you, this tree is a she), but, she’s so dry, I can hear her pain as her leaves wither away. I think today I’ll give in and give her a deep watering.
I hope it’s not too late, but I’m afraid if I go much longer without watering her, she’ll suffer irreparable damage. It hurts my soul every time I feel her cries, but the choices are not easy….water the tree, save the water for future use? We so desperately need rain. Did you notice the little conifer behind her is a lost cause? It’s always struggled in the soil there and this year was too much, one day it was green, but small still, the next day is was totally brown.
But, in spite of the dryness, there is hope of rain. This morning I saw something I hadn’t seen for quite a while, in the sunrise there were CLOUDS! Yes, CLOUDS!!!!! There is a chance of rain this evening, and I will be glad to see it materialize. And the clouds made the sunrise so full of depth and glow. I had to run in from what I was doing to take a few pictures.
And a few minutes later:
And to those of you who know I am not an early riser and are asking “what were YOU doing up so early?!” Well, I was dye painting scarves of course. If I move the dye painting away from the covered porch and out into the open yard, surely that will insure rain, won’t it?
These scarves look very dark now, but experience has taught me that most of the color will wash out when I rinse these. I’ve used deep orange, bright yellow, golden yellow, chocolate brown and maroon on the two fall colored ones. The spring one is bright green, deep yellow and baby pink! I can’t wait to see them rinsed!
In a future post I’ll show you what they turned out like. They may succeed, they may fail, but I’ll still show you. If they succeed terrific, if they fail, well let’s hope that someone can learn from my failures and succeed in their own attempts. Oh and I’ll post a picture of the Lincoln Quilters raffle quilt that I returned yesterday. But for now, I really do need another cup of coffee!