This May Be My Last Year For Roses
I didn't think I'd say this even a few weeks ago, but already at the beginning of June my garden looks like a wasteland. In all my years of gardening I've never encountered anything like it. Even the pelargoniums are wasting away, with mostly fried blooms rather than the happy blooming machines that I enjoyed in past years. Roses that bloomed reliably even in the summer heat such as Sophy's Rose have only a flower or two combined on my two bushes. If I watered every day, as I used to do in the height of summer, the situation might be better but I really can't afford or justify that. The roses are all mulched heavily now but after two days without water are dry as dust underneath.
May and June here normally have foggy mornings which adds moisture and keeps the temperatures from rising too high. There hasn't been any of that this year. Even if there is a wet winter this year I don't know if the garden can last that long. Besides, one wet winter, should it happen, will be followed by several dry ones.
Given this unprecedented situation I feel helpless. Scientists all say that this is only the beginning. I know that right now it's not like this everywhere and I'm happy for everyone who is having rain and enjoying their roses. For me here I feel that it's very likely the beginning of the end. I wish it were just pessimism but I think I'm facing reality head on.