I was out in the yard today checking out the trees and shrubs and raking. Looks like the robust and hardy rugosa roses suffered! Not sure if they all will be coming back. I see growth only on one. Could be it's just anxious and the others are still waking up, or not. The rhubarb even looks a bit ... questionable! (Suspicious of Moto!) The Rose Trees of China are doing EXCELLENTLY! Hooray! The mayday tree, raspberries, and two apple trees have woke up. So here we go with our growing season! The swallows, robins, geese, swans, loons, are back and the beaver are back to their wood cutting ways!!!
I got out the water hoses and began watering and watering this afternoon. Funny thing about the dried out ground, when it is really dried out and needs the most water, it won't absorb it and the water will run over the top of it and away from the plants. Time and gentle watering heals the dry ground. Allowing small splashes of water to set on top of the soil will soften it up until it finally begins to absorb water again. If the time is not spent, then most likely the plants will suffer until it rains.
Isn't this the way it is with houseplants too? "But I watered that plant!" - many of us have said at one time or another as we sadly looked at a dried up ol' twig whose soil refused to absorb. *last dead leaf falls to the floor*
Dry soil is not unlike hard hearts. Hard hearts won't accept - forgiveness, love, kindness...until somebody softens them by gently splashing them with the water hose!
Here is a verse from Ezekiel 36. The New King James Bible has the chapter titled: A Blessing On Israel.
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
Wow, a heart of stone - removed!