Garden and Vacations
I hope all is well (?). We were on family vacation with "three generations" and drove over 4000 miles, it was great and stress free trip. Overall trip was great, weather was much better at each destinations. I was envy to see lush green gardens and fields in the NE US region. I was getting up to date news from Oklahoma about the burning heat from friends. It was heart breaking to hear temp, fires, heat stress faced by folks.
One of our staff members, George Davis, and his grandparents lost everything in the Noble fires last week. The our department is collecting furniture, household items, and garage sale items for that family. I am sure many folks are in same boat, I hope generous nature of Oklahoman will help bring family to back to normal.
When we are back to Norman and rushed to see garden, it was another heart breaking scenes. Almost all plants burned out, roasted or toasted. I lost all potted perennial flowing plants including 27 years old jasmine tree gifted by one of elderly couples lives in Oklahoma. Almost all vegetables are gone expect some Okra, cluster beans, Chillies. But biggest surprise was all gourd family (ridge sponge, bitter etc) are thriving and flashing with lush green leaves and flowers. My second surprise was asparagus shooting new spears in this conditions! I am still wonder what made it to produce new spears. One of the my friend is so generous in watering the plants, she tried her best water as much as she can, but it seems heat might have killed plants.
I lost all plants of 2010-12 planted blue berries, black berries, young trees... I am thinking not to plant any more now onwards, as I am spending too much on them and then straggling hard to keep them live in this never diminishing drought of Oklahoma, finally they will die.
I have no plans for fall garden until we get enough rain to fill the cracks to earth's core.