Rainy Day Blues

I can’t remember a stretch of weather such as Nova Scotia is experiencing so far this summer!  I tried to find some stats to include here, but suffice it to say that we haven’t had a full, sunny day for weeks, and have had high humidity and rain along with the clouds.  At a point in the growing season when farmers are often praying for rain, they are keeping their fingers crossed for sun this year.  Berry producers are taking an especially hard hit this season — not only are some of the berries not ripening, but they are short on pickers.  No one wants to pick berries in the rain, even when U-Pick prices have been slashed by as much as 50% by some farmers.  I lost the little container of lettuce we’d already eaten from — it simply mildewed at the soil level and turned to mush.  Fortunately, it’s easy to replant.

cali_blueThe Calibrachoas are thriving, as is the shade-loving impatience.  It could be worse, I suppose, but it sure would be nice to have a few days of sun…without the moisture, please!


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

9 thoughts on “Rainy Day Blues”

  1. Indeed a strange summer here also, Nancy, but hopefully warm (78) and wonderful tomorrow for the 4th holiday. Wishing you a sunny day!

    Wishing YOU a happy July 4th! :)

  2. I know exactly what you mean Nancy ~ we are having the same experience here in Colorado. I can’t even tell you when we last had an evening without rain. Last night our neighborhood had an ice cream social (pre-4th of July celebration) and we spent it huddled under the gazebo trying to stay dry. We’ve never had that happen before ~ usually we are sweating it out. The mosquitoes are especially bad this year too. ugh. Maybe we’ll both dry out at the same time?? What do they say about too much of a good thing? Have a good weekend (even if it rains some more!)

    I hope you’re right, Kathleen! Keeping fingers crossed. It’s been lovely having what I consider perfect temperatures (mid 70’s…I can’t stand the VERY hot temps) and beautiful weather for sleeping, but a little sun would sure brighten the spirits…and the plants! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. We’re having a cool and wet summer here in the midwest of the U.S. too. My lettuces and bok choy are loving it, as are most of the flowers so far. I’m not sure what will happen to the sunflowers as the summer goes on if we don’t get some heat.

    Your flower are beautiful. :)

    Thank you, Robin — we had about a half hour of sun earlier this morning. It was glorious, and I thought the dark clouds might be blowing over, but it seems we’re in for some thundershowers shortly. Thankfully, lettuce grows quickly, so I’ll replant what I’ve lost. I hope your sunflowers pull through — I was nursing a couple sunflower plants that were bird seed volunteers…keeping them pinched back so they wouldn’t get too large for the balcony, but I broke them off when I moved them around the other day. :( Should have had them staked, I guess. It’s been a rough summer on the balcony, so far!

  4. We are having the summer of our dreams, I know that is not what you want to hear, but it is the truth.

    What you are experiencing, the rain, the humidity is what we usually get.

    Over 33 in the beginning of June, longest driest June since ’58 or something. Makes me wonder where we are living.


    The temperatures have been dreamy here — nothing higher than the 70’s. Perfect. Well, if you find things a little TOO dry, you know where all the rain is……… ;)

  5. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective! Here in central Ohio, we are doing our annual rain dance, but with no results. We are dry, dry, dry, but a bit cool at present. My daily trip around the yard with hose in hand is getting a bit tedious, but I’ve got baby plants out there that need to be kept moist. Sorry you are so getting water-logged, wish you could send it our way!

    I wish I could too — more rain and thunderstorms on the way today. Ugh. You’re right — it’s always extremes of weather, it seems. We’re either crying for rain or crying for the sun. :) I truly wish we could send you a little relief…and perhaps you could blow some sun our way?

  6. It’s been a dry & hot summer here so far Nancy. Wish some of that rain that some areas are getting was being a bit more evenly dispursed. We are currently in a long dry spell with a brief sign of relief tomorrow. Hope you get more sunshine!

  7. Goodness, I wish we had the rain that you’ve been having! It sounds like it’s been cool, wet, and rainy all over the northeastern U.S. and Canada. But that’s definitely dreary for you folks.

    I’m afraid I’m echoing Robin’s comments — we’ve had not a drop since early June, so we’re definitely keeping an eye on the sky!


  8. The same abominable rain & humidity is happening down here in Miami beach, Fla. Thunderstorms and clouds for so many weeks I lost a begonia basket from rot , that was thriving for over two years.I didn’t water the shade containers for almost two weeks! We had the hottest 4th of July in a long time. The last couple of days have been drier thankfully. I did not know your area was so humid.
    Happy gardening!

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