Dry spring

Although it’s been cold we’ve had very little rain this month, worrying for the garden and the water table since February is usually one of the wettest months here before the dry weather begins in April and brings drought until the autumn. The vines survive the drought because they have such deep roots and can always find enough water, but the vineyards look barren now, with the vines pruned and no sign of spring growth yet.

mazet and vines-3

 

The almond trees are still flowering, though, and the blossoms seem to have survived the cold wind we had last weekend.

almond blossom1

 

almond blossom-2

 

In the huge area that was burnt by wildfire the autumn before last – see my slideshow here – there’s proof of nature’s ability to regenerate. Among the still blackened lentisk branches (Pistacia lentiscus) spring new shoots of bright green red-edged leaves:

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And the evening light on the village looked warm even if the nights are still cold.

Village February evening

4 thoughts on “Dry spring

  1. The vineyard is reminiscent of a forgotten cemetery — not for long though. I do hope you get some rain, whether the vines can get by without it. Drought so stresses the landscape and its the last thing that area needs as it recovers from the fire.
    You always have such beautiful photos in your posts and today’s are certainly no exception.

  2. We need rain in the California foothills also. Some expected next week . At 2500′ elevation we will not prune our small (250) home vineyard til later in the month. Teri

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