The grass is greenest where it’s watered.

Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it’s watered
Robert Fulghum

The watering of a garden requires as much judgement as the seasoning of a soup.
Helena Rutherford Ely

To a gardener there is nothing more exasperating than a hose that just isn’t long enough.
Cecil Roberts

Potplants in Porto Torres, Sardinia - Garden Room Style
Potplants in Porto Torres, Sardinia

The above quotes are taken from the book ‘Gardening: Quips and Quotes for The Green-Fingered‘ written by Jane Brook. I’ve just been abroad for a week or so. Where I reside (Gothenburg, Sweden) the average daily temperature this time of the year is around 20-25 degrees Celsius. Sunshine hours can be good. Also not so good. Water is usually not far away. Typically, the week I was away temperatures were around 30!!! Plenty of sunshine too. There I was miles and miles away, couldn’t help but thinking about my poor plants. Fortunately, there was some rain amidst all the rest. Think that is what saved them.

I used to have a garden. Plants planted in garden soil are resilient. I could go away in the summer months, not worrying too much. Now I reside in an apartment. Potted plants is where it’s at. In the summer season they need plenty of water TLC. What to do in the abovementioned scenario? There are several sources on this subject, for example this one.

In terms of irrigation systems – what if you don’t have a tap to connect to for water supply? I’m sure it’s not the only one but Gardena has an AquaBloom Set. All you need to do according to the user manual is to connect the equipment to a bucket filled with water. I would make that a rather large bucket, better be safe than sorry … A final tip – if you know that you come and go a lot – choose plants that are drought tolerant. In addition, use a large planter than required (holds more water). And as a footnote, now when I’m back from my holiday the weather has returned to normal ….