Finally! After some unexpected rain yesterday I got out and wandered through the gardens and to my delight, there is a collective sigh of relief from all the foliage! Even the drought tolerant plants were getting really tired of having to be so tolerant of years of no significant, deep soaking rain and were showing signs of stress and lethargy.
But finally there is a bout of growth spurred by the weekly rain we have been having and upcoming spring weather that can't be denied. Even the groundcovers that were the first to give up due to the dry weather have started to reappear.
Shrubs that I planted years ago that never showed much growth are starting to take off - finally!
I have planted so many perennials that just kind of dwindled away even though they supposedly tolerated dry conditions that are now bursting with life.
This is how I think of early spring, flush with new growth and lush, deep colors of green! Finally!