Dry Times Are Trying Times For Young Tree


Young cheery tree looks a little faded in the fading light. At least I did give it a good watering this afternoon.

Young cheery tree looks a little faded in the fading light. At least I did give it a good watering this afternoon.

We’re not exactly in a drought—exactly. But it’s been close to two months now of very dry weather, and everything is looking sad. The high heat we’ve had, unusual for the final days of August, did not help.

The young cherry tree I planted this year is looking rather sad. Most of its leaves at least look dry, and some are turning brown. I hope it’s just going dormant early—at this point of the season, many plans that are yellowing up are simply taking the opportunity to check out of a poor growing season and some of them will be back next year—but it’s in its critical first season in the ground, and is most vulnerable right now.

Cottonwood leaf, starting to turn. Although it looks a little sad, I think this 10-foot native tree will probably shake it off next spring.

Cottonwood leaf, starting to turn. Although it looks a little sad, I think this 10-foot native tree will probably shake it off next spring.

The two crab apples there were planted on the same day, on the other hand, are taking the dry and heat in stride.

We have a chance of rain this weekend, and I hope it comes to pass. And we could use a little breathing room this growing season before true cold weather arrives.

All in all, it has been a very odd year—excess wet and excess dry and excess cold and excess heat, all in the same growing season.

Hibiscus flower in bloom, but fading.

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