Monday, February 1, 2010

Rain, Rain, Rain

It has been quite a few years since we have had the amount of rain we are getting this year. Our typical weather pattern in the rainy season is one day of rain and six days of sunshine. Easy to handle. Week before last we had four big storms come in, one after the other. Everything was saturated. People are always asking me how this will effect my gardens. For the most part they will handle it fine. The large trees will greatly appreciate the deep flushing of the surface salts that accumulate during the low water years near their roots. The deep penetration of water will encourage roots to go deep for moisture during the upcoming months when the rains are finished for six or more months. Most of the drought tolerant plants will be fine as long as there is adequate drainage. The Laguna garden is on a hillside and the excess water is no problem. We'll see how SJC does. We are expecting more rain this week. At least everything is clean and fresh!

6 comments:

bewing said...

While the snow still lies on the groudn here and the temperatures are below normal, Spring does grow closer. It has been a mild winetr with less snow than usual.

Gail said...

Sheila, That is a wonderful fountain! Your so right...drainage is the key to success will most plants~ gail

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Sheila! I'm glad that the rains won't cause any trouble for your gardens. The fountain which is shown is so beautiful. This whole piece of the garden is exactly what I love... Gorgeous.
Thank you for your comment! Yes, please, make a terrarium. You have a great taste, so it should look lovely!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment, Sheila, on the discussion currently taking place at chez moi. Now, as to your rain...would you care to swap it for some of the snowdrifts we have? I'm sure I can find some spare snowdrifts for you...really, anytime! :-)

Ruth said...

Sheila - Your blog makes me miss California SO much! I gardened in Altadena for many years and now I am in North Carolina with 8 inches of snow on the ground! Thank you for your pictures.

Urban Dirt Girl said...

ok, now I have fountain envy!!What a beautiful fountain. I'm on the market for one...but alas it will have to be on a much smaller scale. Lovely, really lovely. UDG