Things We Usually Don't See

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Gardeners outside of Southern California may be mystified by the amount of attention we here give to 10 inches (25 cm) of rainfall in less than a month. In some places that amount is considered drought. How do I make it clear how rare and wonderful such an event is? It's like...a brilliantly sunny 80F (26 C) Christmas...in London. Or a luau at the South Pole. Or a tornado in Switzerland.

What's so amazing about it? Let me count the ways.

It means the outdoor furniture is actually clean.
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There's moss growing on the DG:
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Instead of shriveling, a piece of Fuchsia stuck in the ground has rooted:
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Though not all of the roses look so good...
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...some of them don't look so bad:
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The cool-season veggies look (and taste) wonderful:
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Strange and unusual fungi are sprouting:
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The soil oozes water even a couple of days after the last shower:
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Baby Quercus are sprouting everywhere:
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And the koi have gotten fresh water straight from the sky:
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It rained so much we see odd little things we rarely see. We see things that water brings.

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Comments

  1. Love your observations and love those koi seemingly in the air.

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  2. Ok Hoover, I'll try not to whine about the rain up here. We have a full week of dry on the agenda though-maybe I will actually be able to start pruning the roses this weekend-before Reine des Violettes takes down the fence. Apparently she is not aware that it's winter.

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  3. love all your details and insights! we are enjoying similar surprises from all the rain. and just wait until we get a little heat!!

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  4. The kois' personality leaps off the page every time you post a photo. Wonder what they made of all that rain. I was at Fashion Island Christmas shopping during a rainstorm and checked out their koi pond, whose water had risen from the rains and was LEVEL with the pavement. I was worried that the koi would leap or float out onto the pavement. I think I'm too nervous to have koi! (And what a great arm chair that is.)

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  5. Thank you Sherry!

    ks, RdV probably does not consider California's version of "winter" much of a challenge. :)

    Thank you, Laguna Dirt!

    Denise, they enjoyed the rain. pH 7.0 is just their ticket. The stuff from the tap is not their preferred medium. And yes, koi-keepers are a nervous bunch. Herons, water quality, parasites...there's just so much that can go wrong. It's not for everyone.

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