First rain of the season
The first rain of the season is a hotly anticipated event by most gardeners in our area. After four or five months of sunny skies and zero precipitation, we thirst for a good drenching that washes away the dust and dirt and allows us to turn off the sprinklers and drip irrigation.
This year’s first rain arrived about two weeks early according to the weather experts, but we take what we can get. The heavy downpours forecast in the news didn’t happen. What we got is a gentle and at times steady rain, but I much prefer that anyway. Sunny weather will return starting tomorrow, so I thought I’d take a few snaps of and in the rain before it goes away again.
|Our flagstone walkway looks so much better when it’s wet. The color really comes out.|
|Dramatic miniature rainscape on a patio table. Reminds me a little of the aerial shots of the Sacramento Valley rice fields I took in the summer.|
|Texas tuberose (Manfreda maculosa) and Eldorado grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Eldorado')|
|Texas tuberose (Manfreda maculosa) and blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue')|
|Golden lotus banana (Musella lasiocarpa)|
|Dwarf Cavendish banana (Musa acuminata cv. 'Dwarf Cavendish’). The white dots are rain drops illuminated by the camera flash.|
|Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’|
|Yucca recurvifolia ‘Margaritaville’|
|Echeveria subsessilis closeup. The raindrop looks like a precious gemstone.|
|Aeonium ‘Catlin Hybrid’|
|Some of my potted cacti in the pouring rain. Soon I’ll have to rig up a rain cover for them so they’ll stay dry during the winter.|
Just as I was getting ready to submit this post, we had a minor gully washer, giving me the chance to take some photos from inside the house. I love the painterly effect shooting through wet windows produces. Makes me appreciate having a dry place when it’s pouring outside.
|Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) across the street|
|Dixieland grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland’) in our front yard|
|Baby blue bamboo (Bambusa chungii ‘Barbellata’) in front of our house|