Two inches of rain are expected to fall in Brittany and Normandy — north of us, that is — today. And then a mass of warm wet air will move in from the southwest over the Centre — that's our region — this afternoon, with thunder, lightning, and, yes, rain, and maybe hail. Another rainy day, autrement dit...
Optimism reigns — you have to be an optimist to plant all these tender new grape plants.
I really feel for the grapegrowers. The blight (a fungus or mildew) that affects tomatoes and potatoes also damages grapes. Warm humid weather is the worst kind of weather for all these crops. The difference between us and the grapegrowers is that we're talking about a threat to their livelihood.
The rainy weather might be good for these young grape plants, but it's not good for the older ones and the grapes.
If we lose all our tomatoes, tant pis. Walt planted them from seed, so they don't represent a big investment of money. And we won't starve. The last time we were in this situation was in the summer of 2007, which was, I believe, even wetter than the summer of 2014. Not only was there a blight on our tomato plants, but weeds took over the whole garden and there was nothing we could do about it.