Sunday, July 19, 2009
Dewstow Gardens, Southeast Wales with seed pods of Allium 'Globemaster', thriving from frequent rain
Poll Dorset sheep at home, St. Brides Wales
I was off in Wales for eight glorious days, admiring the gardens, touring the Roman ruins, staying with friends, watching sheep gamboling in their yard. Meanwhile my roof garden in New York City was dying a slow death.
While I was away someone in my building turned off the main control to the
automatic watering system. You may think that with record rainfalls in June
my garden would be safe from an oh-so-small watering snafu in July, but NO.
This is the
and the plum
almost all of
all died, the leaves have turned yellow and are dropping off. The potentilla looks dead.
(See Before picture of the Harison's yellow rose on the post of March 30, '09, see After, just above)Even the cone flowers look sick.
I want to cry.
The good news? Succulents not on the drip system are thriving, as are the plants in self-watering containers.
There are four ways to water a city garden:
1.By hand with hose or watering can. But I have over 80 containers and watering each daily would take at least two hours.
2.Self-watering containers are fine for smaller plants, but still need regular filling during dry days.
3.Automatic drip irrigation works except when it doesn’t.
4.Natural rainfall. See # 3 above.
Normally, drip irrigation is the most reliable, except when there’s a power failure, someone turns off the main switch or there’s a kink or cut in a line.
I need a backup plan i.e an observant person who will notice the signs of water deficit disorder and solve the problem. Does such a person exist in my building?