Saturday, February 8, 2014

Finally getting some rain!

What a difference a week makes. Last week rain was as elusive as Justin Bieber’s shirt, but now the storm door is open, as the weather folks on TV love to say. Here in Davis we received 0.4” yesterday and likely a similar amount today. Tomorrow it might be as much as an inch. That’s not bad at all, but we’re starting out way in the hole at about 1/6th of normal. Still, this is a welcome break in our recent weather pattern, and many people are breathing a sigh of relief. Whether that is warranted or not remains to be seen.

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Another storm moving in

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A welcome sight!

During a break today I grabbed my camera and took a few random photos relating to the rain.

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Just a wet rock—no, it doesn’t take much to get me excited

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Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’

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Our 55-gallon rain barrel is full! A week ago it was almost empty.

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Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’

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Aeoniums enjoying the rain

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Aeonium ‘Sunburst’

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Echeveria ‘Lady Aquarius’

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Japanese maple leaf

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Veltheimia capensis

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Leaves, fruit and flower petals from Bradford pear tree (one of the two remaining trees is already flowering!)

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Agave ghiesbreghtii

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Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

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Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ and Yucca recurvifolia ‘Margaritaville’

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Crassula ovata

Five weeks ago I showed you a photo of a claret cup cactus that was shriveled up and leaning over from a lack of moisture:

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White Sands claret cup (Echinocereus triglochidiatus ‘White Sands’) in mid-January

Today it’s looking much perkier:

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Claret cup cacti (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)

Rain is falling in all of Northern California. I was at the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley yesterday where I photographed this spiral aloe covered with a gossamer blanket of rain drops:

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Spiral aloe (Aloe polyphylla)

I’ll have a separate post on the aloes at the UC Botanical Garden on Sunday.

3 comments:

  1. We got just a tiny bit overnight Thursday, maybe .15" It's nice to see a full rain barrel somewhere, I only wish it was here, too. Enjoy!

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  2. I am so glad your getting some rain, great pictures too!

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