Monday, April 1, 2013

After the rain

On Saturday night we had a pretty rare event: a full-blown thunderstorm complete with dizzying bolts of lightning, foundation-shaking claps of thunder—and an awesome downpour. We needed the rain so badly. Since the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is just 55% of normal this year, we may well find ourselves in a drought this summer. Against this backdrop, Saturday night’s rain was even more welcome, even though in the end it was only ½ inch.

On Easter Sunday I was delighted to find beads of rain clinging like diamonds to many plants in the garden. I quickly grabbed my camera to capture this short-lived spectacle. I hope you’ll enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’

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Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

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Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

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Aeonium arboreum

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’

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Euphorbia × martinii ‘Tiny Tim’

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Pachyphytum oviferum

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Pachyveria glauca

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Unidentified Echeveria species

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Echeveria ‘Azure Blue’

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Echeveria ‘Azure Blue’

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Mangave ‘Bloodspot’

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Agave ghiesbrechtii

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Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ and Aloe striata inflorescence

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Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

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Senecio mandraliscae and Crassula tetragona

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Beaucarnea recurvata

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Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’

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Echium wildpretii

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Echium wildpretii

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Cynara cardunculus

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Phlomis fruticosa and Convallaria majalis

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Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla

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Acer palmatum

7 comments:

  1. Very nice and refreshing. The moisture we have -- it's the fresh plant growth that we're missing. Thanks for the taste of what's to come in my own garden (with different plants of course). :)

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    1. I love how fresh everything looks and smells after a good rain--especially when it's been a while.

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  2. Fresh! We've been surprisingly dry up here...3rd dried March on record actually, quite the change from last March which was the record setting wettest ever.

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  3. What beautiful sparkling jewels on your plants!

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  4. You could almost hear the plants breathing a sigh of relief with that welcome drink. Everything looks so fresh!

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  5. The plants all look extra beautiful with the rain drops on them

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  6. I love thunder storms. They can get so loud and wild and then the world looks so freshened up. Your plants are wonderful : )

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