Thursday, November 6, 2014

Walking in the rain

Hurricane Vance brought rain all the way over the Sierra Madre from the Pacific coast of Mexico.  We've had a lot of rain and it has been fun watching it pour down since Tuesday evening.  The rain gauge says 4" but it seemed like even more.  That wiped out half of our annual rainfall deficit in a couple days.  Thursday morning the rain stopped enough to head out with the camera and get rare shots of the garden all wet.  Plus it's been a while since I took you on a garden tour.

Peeking out the front door.  We don't see a lot of puddles since most rain either runs off into the creek or soaks in quickly.



I put on my mucky boots and got moving....


This is as close to a selfie as I get.  I don't get to wear rain boots often enough.

Silver plants stand out against the dark damp background.


It's been chilly so Opuntia Santa-rita has taken on a purple hue


We put out buckets to save rain water for those not so rainy days


Pink Muhly is pinking up though it hasn't yet blown out to its full cotton candy stage.  It looks like it will recover from the drenching it got.


Around back things are looking very green since the deer have been eating most of the flowers out of the garden.



Up close the deer have left a few bright flowers to punctuate the green




It's a good thing the crevice garden is on a slope for best drainage




The Opuntia ficus-indica 'Burbank' looks like Charlie Brown's friend Pigpen.  Spineless cacti are placed behind the fence to keep them safe from deer.



We planted wildflower seeds Tuesday afternoon ahead of the rain and the bluebonnets are already sprouting.  But of course they had a soaking beforehand.  We wait for forecasted rain before planting them each year.


The new Dyckia 'Frazzle Dazzle' is happy in its galvanized container.


A recent project is this thrift store glass birdbath which turned into an overflowing fountain during the rain.


We've been filling in the dry creek along the path with native rocks.  We thought about buying rocks but decided that would be silly since we are "rock central".


There's that view through the fence.


Just as I finished up raindrops began to fall again.


All in all a nice walk.  The local weather puts the rainfall at 4.67 inches at the airport which is nearby so it was a good week for rain so far.



18 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're getting some rain! How thrilling it must be to walk out your door and though that enchanted forest of oaks! They are gorgeous and it always thrills me when you post pictures of them. Your crevice garden is looking really good and your birdbath project is cool!

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    1. Enchanted forest, I like that description and might even use it sometime.

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  2. Rain looks good on your garden, glad you've got a good drenching. Opuntia 'pigpen' I think you're on to something.

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    1. Just discovered a new variety!

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  3. Rain! We got about half the rain you did here just south and west of Austin (not complaining). Somewhere out in my spaces clammyweed seed are (hopefully) taking hold, as I was inspired so much by the photos of yours that I bought seed to try and grow my own.

    And thank you for the view through the fence. It is one of my all time favorites and I love it every time I see it.

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    1. I can't wait to see them next year!

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  4. Wasn't the rain great! Nice and slow...not one of those gully washer types. We got almost 3".

    I love that dyckia. I'll have to look for that. Is it frost hardy?

    I keep seeing really pretty glass birdbaths. The raccoons would do them in, here.

    And, I second Deb on the view through the gate.

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    1. Most dyckias are marginally hardy in San Antonio with a little protection so I would say you need to keep them indoors during the winter at your higher elevation.

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  5. 4 inches! That's more than we got all season last year. I hope we get some of your luck. Your garden looks beautiful after its drenching, despite the deer intrusions. Much as I complain about the raccoons here, I know deer would be 10x worse.

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    1. Your rainy season is still ahead so you still have some good chances especially with more activity in the Pacific this year. The deer are beginning to be too much of a nuisance.

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  6. What a great rainfall. It really makes the garden pop. I love the view through the fence.

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    1. That view through the fence is a winner by nearly unanimous vote!

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  7. Welcome rain! We've missed you. I was out of town when the rain clouds came through, but I returned to a much more invigorated garden. One of my garden projects in the next year is to install some large rain barrels around the property to save the precious rain water in the future.

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    1. We are considering a less haphazard approach too.

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  8. Oh you lucky lucky lucky lucky. Wonderful rain! Your garden looks refreshed and beautiful.

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    1. It's so nice not to have to water and check for dead plants for a few days.

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  9. That's an awesome amount of rain, more than double what I got in Austin. And wasn't it nice to get it slow and steady instead of all in one big rush? Your garden looks lovely, even with an occasional Pigpen'd Opuntia.

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  10. Lovely cactus Shirley! All plants need water and I see they are in bloom after this rain. In fact here we're in rainy weather more than 2 weeks. Every day and night it's raining and no sun. When I went to my summer cottage the sun shining was about half an hour. Enjoy your sun and rain!

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