I returned to the river Thursday after the rain finally subsided. It had been a week of almost non-stop soaking in three waves of powerful downpours and winds. Go here for a bird’s-eye view. The Sacramento River is at its highest point since 1997. At the water’s edge, I usually find all sorts of wildlife and birds of different feathers – most were still burrowing someplace warm and dry. And there was very little edge! The crows, however, are opportunists; […]
The most amazing thing happened in our parched Northern California valley: it’s called “rain.” A gentle soaking rain with moments of sunshine peaking through the clouds… which turned the garden electric. “And now, hark at the rain, Windless and light, Half a kiss, half a tear, Saying good-night.” ~ Edward Thomas, “Sowing” Goodnight from wonderful, rain-drenched California.
When four years of drought turns suburban meadows into potential tinderboxes, it’s time to call for help. Curious and agile, these bucks, does, and kids will eat just about anything. As a result, the adorable natural lawnmowers have become a favorite for clearing dry brush on California hillsides and uneven terrain without the threat of sparks. They have been busy at work for over a week in the preserved open space behind my work. These acres of meadow, oak trees […]
It wasn’t a lot … but it was something … and in our current state of drought, we are grateful for anything. Just after all the dogs were walked, dark skies turned to a quick downpour – with the promise of more on Tuesday. Every drop and every cool day extends our hope for the garden (which looks lush and full in spring) to survive another California summer. “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: California Drought, California Rain, dog rescue, gardening, Golden Retriever Garden, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, Nature Photography
I stand before you, falsely accused. Ina is the horticulturist on our team of gardeners. She is expert at selecting and nurturing native or drought-tolerant plants that can survive California’s waterless years. She has taught me a lot about planting for success in our clay-heavy, sun-baked garden. One of her first soldiers – a large silver ragwort (jacobaea maritima) – was recently lost. You can see it here in its magnificence. She suspects I snuck it water and thus, contributed […]
Remember when I was whining about the injustice of the flooded rice fields adjacent to our water-starved garden? Well look at us now! The area beyond the levy is the rice field. The area in front shows the overflown banks of our pond at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue. Good News #1: It rained. Buckets and buckets. For hours on end. It rained so long and so hard I thought we might float away. Good News #2: We did not […]
We had an unexpected surprise this week…something we haven’t seen in a very long while: rain! While the rainfall total is but a drop in our drought bucket, we are so grateful. It delivered a much-needed assist to the firefighters battling the massive King Fire in El Dorado County, about 70 miles from us. After two weeks and thousands displaced, the 97,000 acre fire is now 87% contained. The garden soaked up every drop and enjoyed a few consecutive days […]