It’s hard to believe I am about to go from constant complaining, worrying and bitching about no rain to concern about too much rain in a short period of time. But the remnants of Isaac are headed this way and the forecast models suggest some interesting possibilities. Like over seven inches of rain. Now hopefully that is spread over the whole four or five days covered in the forecast. But at the same time, that ground out there is sort of hard and dry making it a wee bit difficult for heavy rains to infiltrate the soil. Bodies of water are low so they can hold a more than normal so seems that would help. Then again, forecasts are notoriously inaccurate so who knows how much rain we will really get anyway. Maybe I shouldn’t worry. But it’s my nature. Is this bee worrying?
The recent rains have made such a difference around here. It’s surprising still to see the dramatic change in a landscape when only a little falls from the sky.. And I am not dismissing the effects of cooler temps in the equation. Getting rid of those high-90’s and 100’s has been critical. “Normal” temperatures remove so much stress on the plants (and the gardeners!) It’s good to see most of the hoses hanging here instead of hanging out in the gardens.
Turf seems especially fast to respond to actual rain. Despite irrigation the grass in front of the Lilly House looked bad. There was a bull’s-eye pattern around the irrigation heads. A small green patch circled the head, then a large brown-ish circle surrounded that, which was followed by green again blending into the pattern of the next head. The first rain initiated change and now it’s all lush green.
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