Sorry about the long gap in my postings. I've been a bit distracted.
I've been meaning to write about the rain we had last month. I had turned the sprinklers off for an entire month and was only using the hose on occasion when a few plants looked about to expire in an effort to conserve water since we had only had an inch of rain all year and it was getting pretty dire. Both of my gardens are fairly well established and fairly drought tolerant, so they can go for long periods without much water, but eventually they will need some rain. We had discussed giving up the front lawn if need be. We keep it mainly for the grandkids and dogs to play on, but it can always be replaced if needed. Great old trees and large privacy hedges not so much.
The four days of rain the we had in February were very welcome and although not nearly enough, you could almost hear a sigh of relief from the gardens.
The grounds soaked it in and hopefully not much ran off due to mulching and pavers that allow the water to seep through in the long driveway.
The cool damp weather soon gave way to warm, sunny days of beautiful spring weather, but we are still hopeful for more rain to help with the drought this spring while the rainy season is still upon us.