Saturday, March 10, 2012

Replenishing, rejuvenating rain in the garden...

We've been given another gift of rain this week. Tied up in a lovely wet bow, our gardens are drinking it in, happy to have the thirst-quenching relief from our frightening drought.

We're not out of the woods yet in Central Texas -- we're still in an official drought. But our fall and winter rains have reduced the severity of the drought. It has been down-graded from the most critical level of last summer -- exceptional -- to moderate. (There are five levels outlined by the U.S. Drought Monitor - from abnormally dry to exceptional.)

A brief bout of garbanzo bean-sized hail at our house yesterday gave me quite a scare -- I was cringing for the daffodils, blue bonnets and vegetables. But they've all weathered the storm and are doing fine. They are a little droopy today, but not damaged. (I realized after tweeting that yesterday that only a gardener would describe the hail as garbanzo-bean sized, since it was bigger than pea-sized. It only occurred to me later that non-gardeners might have called it marble-sized!)

The mountain laurels are in full bloom here, and the row along the driveway is looking green and juicy with all the rain. And I can't seem to get enough of their wonderful grape-like aroma, which conjures up summer Kool-aid memories for me.

My rain barrels are all full -- which is great -- but it's still raining. I wish I had more of them, but we're talking about getting a rainwater collection system. Maybe that needs to move up on my to-do list for next week so we don't miss any more of this precious spring rain.

Are you enjoying some rejuvenating rain in your garden today?


Lea said...

Rain, yes! Thursday night - Two and 6/10 inches!
Today is clear and pleasantly warm after a low of 37F last night. I've been preparing the garden to plant early peas, lettuce and onions!
Have a blessed day!

Jayne said...

Loving the rain here in the Houston area too. Our rain barrel is overflowing.

Rohrerbot said...

Isn't that how it always works:) You get the rain barrels to collect the water(which they do) but then it rains MORE and there is nowhere to store the extra. Enjoy the rain. Plants love it and so do we:)

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I know rain is so precious for you all, and us! We are also in extreme drought conditions.

Diana said...

Lea -- Appreciating the rain as a gardener changes your whole perspective on getting drenched, doesn't it? Your peas sound good - I didn't get any in soon enough and now it will be too hot too soon here.

Jayne -- I'm trying to soak it all in mentally, too so I can think about it next August!

Rohrerbot - I am enjoying the rain. And I will be so ready to do some spring cleaning in the garden when it's over.

Janet -- I'm not sure we can get enough rain this year - we'll take all we can get.