The drought in the mountains of western North Carolina of a few years ago is a distant memory. Since the first of the year we have had a cool and late Spring and rains and more rains. National Weather Service data shows the Asheville area has received 15 inches above normal precipitation so far in 2013. Needless to say, this has delayed planting of some of our gardens and the mowing of many of our lawns.
The water table is showing itself to be higher than we’ve ever seen in our eight years here at Brahma Ridge. This is great for our spring-fed pond which relies on replenishment from the rains. But our roads have taken a toll from the heavy downpours, requiring scraping with the tractor and ditching by hand. New springs have emerged in some not-so-favorable locations – like driveways. We have ditched and laid pipe and gravel in the troublesome spots and are hoping for a long stretch of dry weather to help us out (we never thought we would want a long dry period of weather!).
The late cool Spring delayed the blooming at our venue of some of our earliest flowering plants. Our two large rhododendrons by the pond usually are in full bloom the first week of May – as they
were when we had our wedding in 2006. But this year those did not peak flowering until late May – coinciding with Adam and Sara’s wedding on May 25. Other perennial flowers are budding and blooming late, too, including our many varieties of Daisies. The grasses in the meadows are growing tall from all of the wet weather and we will probably allow most of the meadows to stay long and natural this summer – with only some footpaths mowed for pedestrian traffic.
Here’s hoping for some sunny and dry weather to begin the summer!