Your rainy day photo is beautiful! I have problems with this prediction and advice to plant dry conditions plants, too. The problem here (Kentucky, U.S.A.) is the wide swings. If I plant those that can tolerate dry conditions, they die when we have our rainy season. If I plant for the rainy season, they dry up and die during the hot dry summer. what is left is a short list of die hards that is not that interesing. Grumble, grumble… if it weren’t for the climate and weather what would I grumble about… was that a grumble, or, thunder?!
It does seem strange since the UK gets 3 times as much rain as we do here in Denmark. But the reservoirs supplying water for the big cities have had very low water levels. So perhaps it is a supply problem as well as a trend? I sure could have used some of that rain here since we had the worst drougth in 60 years. The last 2 days I have been watering my garden – and yesterday it was 31 degrees C here.
I’m resisting the urge to respond to your question because that would mean I’d have to stop looking at your wonderful and beautiful photograph.
(But I do worry we will be deflected from enjoying and preserving our own and specific environments by advice that is vague and unspecific and too generalised and . . . and isn’t that tree lovely . . . ?)
That’s strange isn’t it? The picture of an Englishman with his big, black umbrella – is that changing…? I would have thought you – like us – usually get lots of rain – with dry and ht spells in between.
Excellent question! I read that the climate change in Western Europe goes trice as quickly as for the rest of the world. And what kind of weather can we look forward too? Warmer springs, hotter summers but also loads more rain. Even more rain? Good grief! So the best way forward is to give our plants swimming lessons. Anyway that’s what I’m going to do. 😉
Karen, climate change is only starting. We are getting unusual weather conditions in the meantime. There is a high risk that the UK will get warm dry summers and mild wet winters. One of your answers says you live in Wales. Clearly you are likely to have more rain than most of the uk whatever happens, but still likely with climate change in future to get bursts of summer rain with long drought periods.
But it may be later than 2050 before there are regular dry summers.
Ooo-er, as a media type who lives in the South-east, I hardly dare comment on this! I think it’s true that the drought-tolerant campaign is more relevant to the South-east, and the South and East, come to that. But to be fair, these are hugely populated areas, where demand for resources, including water, is much greater. (I think I’m right in saying that loads of that lovely Welsh rain gets shipped off as drinking water to big cities like Birmingham, for example?) Surely it’s right to keep on at people in these areas about planting sensibly and with regard to their own local environment, whether that involves dissuading them from putting in a bog garden in deepest driest Essex, or growing rhododendrons in a desiccated, calcified London backyard, or (a particular bugbear, this) concreting over their front gardens so all the rain goes straight down the drain. I’ll shut up now:D
They also say everybody is staying at home in the uk for their Holidays!!
But there aren’t coming to my house.
You did say August was a bad month for plants because they all look dry and sad, I think August starts on friday and going by your chart they an’t going be dry. but maybe sad.
Totally agree with the South East comments. As individuals we can only save so much water when it rains. Shame the water companies don’t do a bit more to plug (excuse the pun) their leaks. Had one in Burton a couple of years ago where the road almost turned into a river. Took the water company over 2 weeks to fix.
Also, we shouldn’t forget the effects on our planet of concreting our front gardens. Concrete is very unfriendly to manufacture. Very bad for the environment.
Is there an expected drastic change in climate expected anytime soon? (I love answering a question with a question.) Whenever it gets below zero F around here, there are tons of letters to the editor to the effect of “so much for Global Warming.” I’m not planting any Banana trees yet, & it looks like you don’t need to worry about xeriscaping now either. Your photo really captured the feel of the rain pouring down.
Having moved to easten parts of the Uk (I did originate from wet Wales) it is definately drier. But all this talk of climate change does not necessarily mean needing to grow drought loving plants. Wetter summers are what we can expect.
As for the dry old east yes it might be good to save water, yet the media types need to think about buying boats as sea levels are rising and saving water could add to their problems.
So in my area its salt tolerant water gardens that we need to get into- as I truely expect to be living on the coast. Bye bye cambridgeshire, hello wading birds and vast sand flats.
So ironic! It’s amazing the power the media wields, or tries to. I see it’s not that different across the pond either. One thing about the media here, they do seem to have a short attention span, so hopefully their silly ‘campaign’ will pass, along with this rain.
Your photo is gorgeous. I love rain. Besides what it does for the garden, it often means a day off work as well!
Gosh – I was kind of being ironic!
Thank you all for leaving comments – much appreciated.
I do realize that we do have to work with nature, and water is without a doubt a precious commodity.
I agree with what Victoria has said. People do need to plant sensibly.
I know that here in Wales we do have higher than average rainfall – and I am fine with that – but the last two summers have been awful – very wet indeed. I actually don’t mind the rain – if we could have clear blue skies and some sun in between. It is the perpetual grey skies that I really don’t like.
It is just that I was dreaming of growing figs, and peaches and grapes and olives …..
But I shall take a leaf out of Yolanda Elizabet’s book – teach my plants to swim and give them snorkels and flippers.
I’m not sure why really – I don’t think even the weather knows what it’s doing these days – let alone the poor birds who seem totally confused with the seasons… and I even discovered one of my Helebores coming into flower today… weird! It’s raining in France as I type but the garden desperately needs it as despite a bit of rain this last week the ground is really dry. So when it comes to giving advice as to what to plant – where do you start!?
Bon courage… Miranda
Crikey, Miranda – your poor Hellebore is really confused. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.
That is an awesome shot with the rain teaming down like that .. I have a friend near Shropshire/Shrewsburry and she is disgusted with what her summer has been like .. from one extreme to another .. gails and rain most of the time .. so I think she understands what you mean ? LOL
It seems all over the world there are such swings and extremes no one can escape such weather .. Autumn is more my season .. but even trying for cool dry sunny days is a heck of a mission .. not much to do about it other than survive it ? LOL
Wonderful pictures !
Thanks Joy – I live about an hour and half away from Shrewsburry so we are probably getting the same weather. It is not the rain – so much as the grey skies when it is not raining that I am cross about.
Glad you took the time to leave a comment.