It certainly felt as though I was cutting air as there has been no grass growth here for the last six weeks and there was a certain foolishness about being out on the lawnmower this afternoon. There were wisps here and there, a little like the top of my head really and reminded me of the quip my barber used make as he finished, “That’ll be €5 – 50cent for the hair-cut and €4.50 for finding it”.
What brought me out on the lawnmower was the amount of leaves lying on the grass for it is so very like autumn here as trees and shrubs are under stress and dropping leaves. We have watered those plants which were most under stress for we simply can’t water everything. Herbaceous plants have simply been allowed to die down and we hope they will come again next year. We have our own well and need to be conscious of conserving the water for fear the well runs dry later in the year and have been recycling our bath water for some time now.
It is distressing to see plants we have grown for several years being under pressure and we would feel saddened to lose them. We can only hope that rain returns soon! (It’s quite unusual for an Irishman to be wishing for rain – we usually have more that we would ever need!)