Thursday, September 10, 2009

Drip, drop, pour ...

This morning we were so lucky to get a nice, steady, heavy, WET rain for hours. At my house in far Southwest Austin, I have had 1.28 inches so far.

It's been a delightful day - spent indoors -- knowing that Mother Nature was taking great care of the garden outside.

Now I'm nesting on this rainy day, and instead of thinking of all the garden chores and projects I should be working on, I'm thinking about all the closets and drawers I should be cleaning out!

But that rain, it's a beautiful sight.
This was an amazing sight this weekend on my front window. This Polyphemus moth, ID'd by my friend and neighbor, has been hanging around my entry way and my Loquat tree for several days. He's HUGE! And I was glad to get to snap a photo of him.

15 comments:

Robin's Nesting Place said...

So glad that you're getting rain! Great picture of the moth!

Pam/Digging said...

That top photo is an image of beauty to us thirsty Austin gardeners. Congrats on so much rain. Less here, but I'm not complaining.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

How wonderful to finally get some rain! That should help your new plants settle in nicely. The moth is way cool.

Diana said...

Robin -- That rain is a Godsend. We are all so very grateful. I've never seen a moth hang around like that.

Pam -- Hope there is more rain coming tomorrow and the next day. It's so encouraging and uplifting. I have never been so happy to be OUT of my garden!

MMD -- It will be great for my new plants. I thought the moth was way cool, too, and SOOOO big and fuzzy looking.

Janet said...

Glad to see you finally got a measurable amount of rain. Cool moth!

Diana said...

Janet -- It's such a relief to have the rain. And there's more forecast for the next several days. It's awesome!

Gail said...

Thank Mother Nature for finally giving you rain! Yippee! Are you still fostering the deer? Love the moth! Fascinating critters. gail

Diana said...

Gail -- I am still taking care of the deer, though this will be a huge help for them -- both in terms of finding a little water for a day or two and to make some of their plants/food sources grow. Everything here is brown and dead; I'm sure some fresh new leaves will be might tasty in the next few days.

Dawn said...

Congrats on the rain, Diana. We are getting a bit in my neighborhood today. I appreciate every drop. :-)

Your moth is beautiful and huge! What a treat to have a living jewel like that decorating your garden.

Cheers,
Dawn

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Rain and a polyphemus moth. What more could a girl want??

Diana said...

Dawn -- That moth is really something. I keep looking for it out there again - thinking it might be looking for a place to lay eggs or something. Hope you are getting some rain today.

Lisa -- I know -- it's the simple things in life, right? Being surrounded by so much nature just makes me happy.

Caroline said...

WOW! Great moth shot!

Diana said...

Thanks, Caroline -- helps to have the great moth to shoot!

getgrounded said...

Sweet! Those oxbloods are so pretty. I planted some from Southern Bulb Co last spring, but it appears the drought got them. I'll add them to my list of casualties, and try again next year. The rain came in the nick of time for yours, just barely!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Now this is great! I found the caterpillar for this moth in my garden when Kim of A Study in Contrasts was here to visit over Labor Day weekend. I'd love to find the moth someday!