Many Welcome the Rain But Garden Experts Say It's Not Enough

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The rain was the talk of the town on Sunday.

Any other year, the overcast day might have created some grumpy moments, but on Sunday people were happy to see the showers.

Linn County Master Gardener Joyce Robison and Peck's Flower and Garden Shop's Shirley Peckosh are two people, in particular, who were thrilled to see the rain.

"I thought: Come on baby, keep coming," Peckosh said.

"Oh, it was wonderful, it was absolutely wonderful," Robison said. "We had some really good downpours, and I was very thankful because it's really been looking pretty bad."

Robison and Peckosh know they are not alone in saying Sunday's showers didn't rain on their parade.

"I think everybody is pretty excited about this rain," Robison said.

Peckosh buys the plants for Peck's in Cedar Rapids. She said the plants are definitely stressed, so they've been watering them for a while now. This is the first time in weeks her rain gauge has had anything in it.

She said, however, the rain just isn't enough. In fact, the sprinklers are still going at the shop to give plants even more water.

"It looks pretty wet, but look at that. [It's] dry as a bone," Peckosh said as she dug a shallow hole near some plants.

Over in Anamosa, Robison said every drop of rain helps her garden.

She agrees many parts of Eastern Iowa need much more rain. The Master Gardener, however, said Sunday's rain was enough to make some lawns look better.

"The Kentucky Bluegrass goes into a dormant cycle and it can go for six weeks, basically, without water, which seems kind of odd, but it can, and as soon as we start to get more rains, it wakes right up again," Robison said.

Both women are confident Iowa will get more rain this fall. For now, they said they would take every drop they could get.

"It's Iowa," Peckosh said. "That's just the way it is."

"Be thankful for the rain we had and hope for more," Robison said.

Both women said people should keep watering their plants. They also said plants, in general, need much more rain before winter hits. If that that doesn't happen, the garden experts said some trees, plants and shrubs might not make it through the winter.
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