It's too early to tell what effect all this precipitation will have on the drought, but the longer the rains continue (another one is buffeting us as I write this) the brighter the outlook is.
But I do know that the soil in our garden is way beyond the saturation point. Puddles are forming everywhere. It's a good thing that I've started to plant succulents and other plants that require sharp drainage on mounds. So far they're sitting hit and relatively dry. All I want right now is a break in the rain--how about a week of warm and sunny days so things can dry out?
|Backyard; the area on the left is the new bed I'm working on|
|Newly planted Helleborus and Heuchera maxima|
|Newly planted Banksia grandis (dwarf coastal form) on the left and Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee' on the right|
|Helleborus 'Penny's Pink'|
|Fan aloe (Kumara plicatilis)|
|Aeonium escobarii and Agave desmettiana 'Joe Hoak'|
|Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'. I just noticed a brown spot on one leaf. I hope it's not the beginning of some sort of fungal problem...|
|Leaves backing up in the gutter|
|Aloe ferox flowers looking good|
|Aloe 'Erik the Red' in the foreground|
This is the foliage of a giant Mediterranean bulb called sea squill (Drimia maritima). It's never flowered for me, but I hope it will this year. The smallish agave on the left is Agave ‘Grey Ghost’, a gift from a friend. ‘Grey Ghost’ is thought to be a hybrid between Agave salmiana var. ferox and Agave asperrima. It was available for a short period of time through Plant Delights Nursery.
|Leucadendron 'Jester' all bent over in the wind. It never needed staking but it does now...|
|Agave guadalajarana 'Leon'|
A gift from the wind: mistletoe blown out of the execrable 'Bradford' pear tree that still disgraces our front yard
There's the 'Bradford' pear on the left. I much prefer to look at the Asian lemon bamboo (Bambusa eutuldoides 'Viridividatta').
Now time for some abstract photos:
And this is what rain looks like at night (photos taken with flash):
No camera was harmed in the production of these images. They were all taken on an Olympus Tough TG-4 that's waterproof to 50 feet. I originally bought it for my trip to Adak, Alaska in September 2015 but I barely used it there because it didn't rain much. I'm glad I'm finally able to bring this wonderful camera out of retirement.