We arrived home from Santa Cruz late Sunday afternoon to find rain threatening--and then it did rain, light but steady, exactly the sort of rain that soaks into the soil instead of running rapidly off. There were brief light showers during the night, accompanied by lightning and thunder, and it rained again on Monday, with more lightning and thunder. All the barrels and tubs and buckets filled with rainwater. The plants are sparkling. The gardener is beaming. We got at least a half inch (13 mm), completely unanticipated and unexpected.
Our tubs ranneth over!
And NOAA is predicting rain for tomorrow, too. Is last year's El Noshow going to be, instead, El...Finallyshowed? Probably not, but any rain is lovely. Desperately dry west-central California, and fairly dry Northern California, are also expected to get rain--far more than our area. Much to be happy about and grateful for!
Time for gardening before tomorrow. The driveway Agaves continue their ascent to flowering.
Distribution of all precious rainwater to the plants most in need.
More work done refining the Fall Project 2015 area. A section of Dymondia lately removed. The 'Ivory Curls' Agave being covered up by Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird' moved to take the place of variegated Agave salmiana var ferox. (The vari var ferox went up on the slope near the 'Fuerte' Avocado.)
'Ivory Curls' newly planted to the upper left of 'Hercules':
All the Echeverias covered up by the happy Grevillea 'Superb' moved to the former Dymondia-covered area around Aloe 'Hercules', and supplemented by extra Echeveria 'Imbricata':
Hoping for rain. Probably not El Finallyshowed, but due to recent heavy rains in the Crescent City area, almost nine percent of California (the extreme northwest of the state) has been reclassified as not in drought. We hope that number jumps this week!
Update: the central coast got some significant rain, but not a drop fell here. Oh, well...