No one likes the d word. Especially gardeners. So when it rains in California in the winter we don't complain. Or we do complain but only because we think we should be able to garden every day and it should only rain at night. Although maybe that was a movie. Anyway, gardeners really do know that we need rain and in California that means we'd better get enough in the winter because we don't do summer rain in any measurable amounts. This past weekend was an answer to a gardener's prayers except for the only at night part. We got right around 2 inches of rain this weekend which put us over our yearly average, and we're not done yet. I have to admit I can't believe it was only 2 inches...it started raining Thursday and rained off and on through Friday and then almost continuously Saturday and most of Sunday, at times extremely hard.
This area where the patio meets the so-called lawn often floods for a few minutes but never to this extent and it usually soaks in minutes after the rain stops. Sunday night, several hours after the rain ended, it was still flooded, testament to the saturated condition of the soil.
The front path flooded under the bench, something I've rarely seen happen. No rain Monday and none predicted until tonight have allowed things to dry a bit, hopefully including the succulents which have almost all been moved back to their real homes out from under the patio cover. In any case, the nights are not as cold as they were and I'm hoping everyone is happy out there. I'm glad to know we won't be terribly low on water this summer...I may have a lot of drought tolerant areas but it doesn't mean they can survive without some summer watering.