Praying for rain

I was fortunate enough to go on an African safari in 2016. Anyone walking around the farm at the moment could be forgiven for thinking they’ve been transported to the African savanna, the long golden grasses providing perfect cover for any hungry lions. Fortunately, that’s an unlikely prospect. More worrying is the impact this long dry spell is having on our newly planted trees, especially as it followed a late frost: they’ve basically gone from frost to drought with little in between. The broadleaf varieties seem to be fairing well on the whole, perhaps due to the extra protection afforded by their individually wrapped tree guards. Some of the conifers on the other hand are looking rather sorry for themselves, especially those higher up on the exposed ridges, the strong hot winds stripping them of any remaining moisture. As there is nothing we can do to intervene we will just have to wait and see and pray for rain…