Rainy days and climate change.

In Garden, Ireland on July 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

What’s happened to the weather? Not just in Ireland, but all over the world,  this year has broken records everywhere. The wettest Summer in the UK since 1860. Same in Ireland. In USA there has been  record high temperatures  resulting  in serious problems for agriculture. The end result will of course be food shortages and higher prices for available supplies. Today, 17th July, is a wet mizzly day here in Arigna. It should be Summer!!

There’s definitely a change in the climate worldwide. The Irish Summer now seems to be March, April and May. Wet and dull through until September when we get another blast of good weather. I was reading earlier how the wet Summer has disrupted the cafe culture in Paris. Can’t blame people for not wanting to sit out in the rain sipping coffee. This then has a knock on effect on businesses and livelihoods. Here in Ireland agriculture is in serious trouble. Farmers can’t make hay or silage and the grass is starting to rot in the fields. Potatoes will be expensive this year as the crops have started to rot in the earth. A bit of a doomsday scenario but that’s how it is. How anyone can deny climate change now is beyond me.

 I’m amazed that flowers are blooming despite the lack of sunshine. Sunday was a fab day but that’s been the only good day for weeks. These Lilies were in bloom today but they won’t last long if the rain continues.

Shasta Daisies hang their heads low, weighed down with rain…

 Rosa Ragusa looking similarly droopy. Of course there’s few insects to be seen. I was to be involved in the Butterfly count this year but there’s been few opportunities. What happened to all the Bumble Bees and Butterflies there were about in May I wonder?

In the micro climate of the polytunnel a solitary Bumble Bee enjoys a newly emerged Dahlia. Glad I planted these in pots indoors as I don’t think they would have done any good outside.

I also spotted a Green Veined White Butterfly on a Rose. Can you see it? There were a few more of these Butterflies about but that was all the insect activity I could see today. Mid July, the air should be filled with the sound of buzzing insects! So sad!

On a more positive note the Peaches are almost ripe, in the polytunnel of course. I test them by cupping the fruit in my hand and gently pulling. If ripe the fruit will come away. Another way to test for ripeness is to see if the flesh around the stem is soft. Test carefully though as Peaches bruise so easily. Another day or two to wait for this one.

  1. The seasons are definitely all messed up. Hopefully, after a very wet ‘summer’ we will at least have some sun and warmth in the autumn, like last year, which might prolong the season. I was actually getting strawberries until December last year, and they weren’t even under cover!
    If this change in weather patterns continues, we may need to develop different strains of our plants to cope with it?!

  2. What a beautiful butterfly!….
    I talk to a friend from Ireland..he said rain rain rain…as my friends in England…
    they were kind enough to send me some…I did appreciate it very much..
    now if y’all will just send more…!
    your world is still very beautiful , I would love to visit Ireland one day….
    Thank you for such a lovely post
    Take care…

  3. Despite the weather your garden flowers still look lovely – and that peach – yum

  4. Just heard someone on the radio who would rather believe the idea that the British govt have used cloud seeding to get rid of all the moisture in the atmosphere before the Olympics than the possibility it could be climate change. There really is no hope!!

  5. I envy your peaches – there’s nothing quite like a peach eaten straight off the tree. One day at the last place I worked us gardeners were bored out of our skulls weeding and we decided to have a peach break (the owners wouldn’t be wanting them as they were away on hols) and we were just laughing and scoffing illicit peaches with juice running down our arms. Ah those were the days…

    Our hay is also looking dangerously close to failing entirely. Could be an expensive winter!

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  7. How do those Dahlias and peaches grow in all that wet?! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Your garden is still beautiful!! Let’s hope this weird weather is just an anomaly!! xo Deb

  9. “oh you grow your own peaches” she says enviously! We have had very little rain and the river here is the lowest I’ve ever seen it. Normally, at this time of year the water level is around 2 feet, right now it is struggling to reach 2 inches. We have had grey overcast days, more than anything else – as in 9 days out of 10 every since the first of April. Our garden is a good two weeks behind in growth so if we happen to get an early frost in Sept, it’s not going to be pretty. I shudder to think what the price of groceries will rise to this year.

  10. Exactly. Here in the US drought in major parts of the country while where I am in Boston had tons of rain after an almost snow free winter.



  11. We had a dry Winter, and now there is rain every week. We need the moisture, but still . . . Your photos are lovely. 🙂

  12. Apart from the odd day, this summer’s weather has been rubbish so far. And with the wet weather in the UK and drought in other parts of the world making things difficult for farmers, looks like food prices will be going up again.
    On a more positive note, they say the jet stream may be moving northwards which means that summer is due to start next week – you might even get to enjoy eating your peach on a warm and sunny day!

  13. Thanks for sharing Bridget. The seasons are all messed up in Cape Town too – I’ve been writing about it being completely out of character for months now. Although a winter rainfall area we have had loads and loads the last few weeks. The upside of course is that the dams are filling up and there are loads of new waterfalls springing up on the drive along the mountain passes, but I havent been able to garden for two weeks. Some of my roses are still blooming yet I should be pruning them right now – really crazy!

  14. It has easily been the most challenging gardening year that I have experienced. Wish I had a peach to cheer me up. D

  15. Here in Belgium we have the same problem as you have, rain, rain and more rain. Tomorrow we are promised a beautifull Summersday, then back to rain for a few days but apparently as of Monday we’ll get real Summer ! I have to see it first !!!

  16. climate change everywhere but Egypt too apparently!!! I wish we had some weather changes as its excruciatingly hot! Can’t even go out at night now! thankfully humidity levels are only in the 20’s!!!
    The late 1800’s saw the last vestiges of the Mini ice age which had been around since the 1400’s!!! Same issues with agriculture arose then and plagues were widespread as a result. Farmers had to change their methods of farming if they wanted to survive. France struggle the most as they resisted changing their methods until it was too late.
    Looks like we will have to do the same.
    It is good though that you have your poly tunnels. Looks like you may have to grow a lot of your own food now if the weather patterns continue to fluctuate so wildly!
    But these patterns are a normal part of the world’s weather changes but we have become so secure in things not changing that when it does we panic. Plan ahead for any eventuality and you will be fine.
    You could also send some of that rain our way!!!! Good luck with your plants. The flowers are beautiful and the peach is wonderful!!!! Wish I could grow them here….

    • If only I could send you that rain! I think a lot more growing will have to be done under cover in Ireland and UK. Things like Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes grow outside regardless but anything else needs shelter from this weather. The rain has changed too. No longer is it soft Irish showers. The rain now is more like Monsoon, very heavy sheeting rain which has caused several flash floods this year.

  17. We are stinking hot. It’s 40C plus humidity here today. We need rain , the next rain forecast is in a week’s time. Things are brown and crispy and our fire risk level is at extreme. You are right…who can say our weather is not changing?
    Jane x

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