Please Rain!

We so desperately need rain. It was well over two weeks ago that we had a good long steady rain. Almost an inch, I think. The lack of it makes me anxious. Watering the thousands of plants we have in pots from our very amazing well does the job but during times like this, we’re always concerned about its ability to sustain itself. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the things that cause stress in our lives. I am curious about how it differs from person to person. The idea of not having enough water in our well is stressful. Water is an important commodity here at the farm/nursery. I feel a twinge of frustration every time I hear the weatherman declare “another beautiful weekend…no rain in sight”. If he’s trained in weather patterns and has at least some inkling of how important rain is to the well-being of everyone and everything, don’t you think he could use his position to encourage water conservation, comment a bit on the consequences of not getting enough rain, and stop saying, “another perfect day here in the Northeast”. No, a perfect day at this point in time ( here in the Northeast) would be to have a week of days with a good steady rain! Life is not always sunny! We don’t want life to always be sunny! The weather around the world has us all concerned for too much of a good thing ( rain is good, sun is good)…but too much heat and sun with no rain dries our crops, empties wells, and drains aquifers, and too much rain floods our communities, washes away fields of grain, and can be disruptive and destructive in itself. These weather trends are not controllable, we stand aside and learn to cope. As we well know, extreme weather patterns can be disastrous. The heroes of the day are not the sun itself or the desperate need for rain, but a balance of both. It is quite obvious that across the board the weather is out of balance. Extreme appears to be the new norm. That’s not good. My plea is that the weather folks here in the northeast stop insinuating that these endless days with no rain are perfect, just what we wanted, no rain in sight. It’s annoying.
Rick and I have been considering a new car. The old Subaru is tired. We’ve gone several times to look over a new purchase and consider upgrading to a vehicle with less than 190,000 miles on it and a working radio ( and a back window in the passenger seat that can actually still go up and down). The salesman told us that people consider buying a new car one of the most stressful things in life. Not for us. I can wander around the new car lot, look at the shiny hunks of metal, read the price tags, and then circle back to our scrubby maroon Subaru and think, ” aw, she’s not so bad” (we’ve done this three times already!). Stopping for an ice cream on the way home drowns out any inkling of stress from this car searching activity. We’re not bothered by it. Endless days of sun and unseasonably warm weather with no rain, that’s stressful. Buying a new car takes consideration, parting with our hard earned cash is a thoughtful process, no doubt. I guess our instinct and our points of concern really lie in the way we live our lives…at home, at the nursery, growing things and living in unison with the natural world and its events. It’s why a forecast of no rain doesn’t equate to “another beautiful, perfect and sunny day here in Maine”. Water. Water. Water. It is essential. It is lovely. It is beautiful. We need it. Would someone please call the folks who deliver our weather forecast and ask them to be fair in their assessment with regards to a “good day”, give rain and water its praise, please! Thank you.

29 comments on “Please Rain!

  1. The drought stresses our family and its well. We are fearful to run our water for anything that is not essential.

    As teardrop camper owners, we had to give up on our ancient Volvo which was no longer a safe towing vehicle and we replaced it with an Outback. The new car has been a stress-reducer and even with the trailer attached, we get 25 mpg or more.

    • During these times of drought, we do have the opportunity to consider every precious droplet. Here in Maine, water is abundant with regards to the many lakes, streams, ponds, and rivers, but even those lovely bodies of water are showing signs of drought. We would love it if the weather folks would just put in a plug for water conservation….keep our fingers on reality! love teardrops! Have you checked out the blog posts about the one My friend sally and i roll with…they are the best!!!

  2. Great post! It’s bizarre here in Michigan.days of 90 degrees, no rain, dry as a bone. Schools closing not for snow days but classrooms over 100 degrees! Our weather people have been warning about fire danger but I haven’t heard conservation of water.

    • Oh Sue, I do hope you are all safe and that water relief comes soon! It is time for everyone to be well aware of this precious resource and think about treating it as so. thanks for your comment and for reading…..be well.

  3. Hope it rains soon. And also I hope that electric cars are soon affordable with adequate mileage before needing another charge. Because lets face it, when we drive gasoline-powered cars, we are contributing to the problem of climate change. Clif and I are so hoping our next car will be an electric. For us, it’s definitely a matter of affordability.

  4. On Islesboro we had three small showers in three months this summer! Everything is crispy. I agree with you that rain is beautiful!

  5. Thank you. I have been so appalled at how excited the weather forecasters and their associated broadcasters are at the prospect of this heat and sunshine. Living in a bubble I am afraid.

    • Living here in the state of Maine where tourism drives our economy ( at least this time of year), I suppose they are directing their sunny forecast to a certain audience. The ponds and lakes are feeling the stress, lower than they should be and I am sure this is affecting the aquifers. Awareness, you are so right! Thank you so much for your thoughts!

  6. For years I have been thinking we need a water pipeline from areas at risk for too much rain and flooding to be able to send it to places needing water. Water is far more valuable than oil and there is no substitute for water! We in Denver are very mindful of the value of water and encourage xeriscaping to replace water hungry lawns.

  7. What a well written piece. Someone should take this writing of yours and send that to the weathermen. Here Here!! I am so in tune with your thinking.

    On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Fernwood Nursery & Gardens wrote:

    > fernwoodnursery posted: “We so desperately need rain. It was well over two > weeks ago that we had a good long steady rain. Almost an inch, I think. The > lack of it makes me anxious. Watering the thousands of plants we have in > pots from our very amazing well does the job but during ” >

  8. Thank you for this and all your posts which I so look forward to. I too wake up at the middle of the night worrying about our well. My daughter is having her wedding celebration here at our house and although I, too, am praying for rain perhaps we could skip Oct 7. I did hear rain was supposed to be good luck. My gardens are greatly enhanced by the many beautiful plants I bought from you. Please keep writing these wonderful columns. May I recommend a book to you, as I imagine you have a bit more time to read in the winter The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks. It is about rural life and a fundamental attachment to the land (Lake District, England). cheers, Elizabeth (Stover)

    • Let’s hope rain comes in a rejuvenating steady stream up until Oct. 7th and then resumes it’s showers there after! I have read the book by James Rebank and loved it…thank you so much! i’ll be heading to Ireland at the end of the month ( I do this every year), helping my friend on her farm where she raises a small flock of Herdwicks. Watch for posts! I did love James Rebank’s thoughts on preserving a community and a culture of farming that still exists in the lake district. Thank you so, so much for writing …I enjoyed you thoughts on water and the book suggestion ( Always happy to have book recommendations!!).

  9. I had such hopes for this summer when spring was so wet. But the last few months have been just crazy! And now hurricanes aren’t even sending us rainy days, just heat and humidity. Very strange. But the perky little weather girl is thrilled. Glad someone is. I thought it would rain last night and today as the weather shifted away from heat and humidity, but no. Since when do fronts not come with showers?

      • One would hope so, but she just gets so excited about her trivia question and the big storms elsewhere. And the older guys should know what this means, but they don’t talk about it at all. I noticed a tiger maple sapling at the edge of our woods looked like it was wilting. When have you seen a wild tree wilt?

  10. I hope your post was cathartic but I know the only thing that’ll really help is a big old gully-wash of a downpour! It’s been wicked dry here, too, and so hot. We watch the level of Lake Champlain go down every day–and it’s a very big lake! I like a sunny day as well as they next person but I’m craving a good stretch of cool, wet weather.

    • We simply need it. Those warm, sunny Fall days are wonderful for getting things done or for taking a stroll, but here as well, the ponds and lakes are very low again going into winter. We have pots and pots of plants to keep watered and thank goodness we have a champion well. But how much can rely on the well if the ground water is not replenished? The ash trees are dropping their leaves before changing color , this is a survival technique. Plants do try and take action to reduce their need for water. It is the largest and most mature trees that are dropping leaves…larger root systems. My wish is simply that when we are edging on a situation that requires awareness ( in this case drought ), lets not lead the public (weather broadcasters) to believe that all is o.k. and that another ‘warm and sunny’ day will clear our minds from reality( radical changes in climate). Sorry about the rant, Kerry, we’re definitely feeling the stress of all this and watching the plants around us respond to something they aren’t getting enough of….water. And, you are so right “a big old gully-wash of a downpour”, I’ll be standing out in it!!! Best to you, denise

  11. Today is the first day that we have had nice fall weather – wahoo. But, it is as dry as a bone out there. Around 5 a.m. tomorrow morning, we have a 70% chance of rain. I hope I wake up with rain pounding on my bedroom windows. And, then I hope it heads right up the coast to you. 🙂

    • Rain please! So far those cheery weather broadcasters are saying not until Wednesday…and not a great percentage to keep our hopes up. Yes, send it up the coast! Please, please, please! Do I sound a bit weather frustrated? Oh,my!

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