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 […]
There is a saying that God made rainy days so gardeners could get housework done. To heck with that. We had two storms move through this week. While they didn’t put a significant dent in our drought situation, the rain did bring welcome relief to our thirsty trees and gardens. Paired with warm temperatures, the flowers, leaves – and weeds – are exploding. So, a showery – sometimes rainy – day was not going to deter us from enjoying the […]
Rain. Glorious Rain. A Pacific storm – an atmospheric “river” we refer to as the “pineapple express” – dumped a more than generous amount of rain in Northern California setting a record in Sacramento for most rainfall in a 24 hour period. It helped our nearby Folsom lake to rise nearly 3 feet in a single weekend, and the Sierras above us were topped with more than four feet of snow. While we are all soggy and practically swimming in […]
Saturday, the skies turned dark, thunder clapped, and we were treated to a brief downpour – unseasonable for us this time of year. The garden is loving it. With the cooler temperatures and extra drink, everything burst forth in bloom. The light was different and the colors more subdued – but beautiful bathed in warm grey. Love the sound of these wind chimes in the rustling trees. My idea of church. I’m really pleased with how these drifts have developed. […]
Walking dogs between rain storms provided a chance to spend some time in Homeward Bound’s other eight acres – beyond the Memorial Garden. Here are a few vignettes from the pond which has overflowed its banks, and a very soggy landscape. This is what winter looks like in the Sacramento Valley. Good thing dogs can paddle!
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ~ Roger Miller Day three of five, of pretty much non-stop showers, punctuated by downpours. The garden is a pond at the moment, but at least the water is in the paths – the beds having been built up with soil and mulch. Everything seems humbled and bowed in the garden; no point in putting things right with the fiercest of the storms due tomorrow. We’ll just wait, watch and […]
This is what the moon looked like a couple of nights ago. (I’m not very good at moon photos, yet – but the sky is what I really want you to focus on. You’ll see why.) It’s a good thing I dug the Dahlia’s up. Because this is the result of the first two out of three storms we are experiencing. Our poor Homeward Bound Memorial Garden. Not to mention the soggy doggy runs. They call it the “Pineapple Express,” […]