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Soaked Satisfaction

December 14, 2012


It began late Wednesday night: The steady thrum of rain on our roof. Is there any better sound to drift off to sleep to … ? Thursday morning I wake to more of the same … it’s been raining all night. Around mid-morning the drumbeat slows to a barely audible hum; I have to go outside and have a look around. Grabbing my hoodie I step out; it’s still sprinkling a bit and really very cool. But, I love the look of my garden when it’s wet, so I risk my point-and-shoot’s health to capture these images. Above, my knife leaf acacia and an assortment of collected rocks’n’pots.

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To exult is to show elation or jubilation, and I’m tempted to think that some of my prized succulents have been doing just that in the rain — their colors are heightened and deeper; their spiky reaches broader. In celebration, our super-tall-and-gorgeous blue cactus has begun to bud and bloom! Deep purple, almost-black buds open to reveal creamy blossoms that contrast beautifully against cool blue flesh. Almost impossibly straight, the tallest of these pilosocereus azureus columns measures almost 8-feet.

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Outside the fence, looking past the historic Evergreen Cemetery and toward downtown, the skies are grey and heavy with moisture. Later, the rains will begin again and continue throughout the day and into the night. As I post this Friday morning, the sun is out. But I can see clouds beginning to crowd in from all sides, and the weather report tells me the weekend will be a wet one. I’m happy; I know our garden hoses will remain furled for at least two weeks.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita Majkut permalink
    December 15, 2012 1:38 am

    Rain water is like a drug for the garden! Nothing like it. Unfortunately, we wind up with thousands of weeds poking out thru our rock garden every year. I see that you have a lot of rock as well. How do you deal with the weeds? We put in fabric before we layed down the rocks, but it hasn’t appeared to do one bit of good!

    • Monica Felt permalink
      December 15, 2012 2:12 am

      Yeah I was just thinking that too.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        December 15, 2012 2:24 am

        See overly long answer to Rita …

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 15, 2012 2:22 am

      Hi, Rita, I love rain, but hate weeding! To eliminate the problem we carpeted our entire property with commercial/industrial-grade weed block fabric. I made certain that we had a substantial overlap between sections and secured everything with large metal staples hammered into the ground at close intervals (to prevent separation and weeds sneaking through). It was expensive, took some time and was back-breaking work, but it’s been worth it in the long run. It’s been 5+ years since we installed the garden and weeds are not an issue at all.

  2. December 15, 2012 4:07 am

    Looks plush, I love rocks/rock gardens/rocks in the garden, that R on the fence is fantastic.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 15, 2012 4:27 am

      Thanks, Double I … needless to say I’m a rock head, too. That new wave ‘R’ was a rare find; three letters that spelled out RAW … I love it.

  3. Vickie Perez permalink
    December 15, 2012 7:09 am

    I so agree with going about a garden in the rain. With my confused yard I see a range of rain-joy. I love the smell and watching as the plantings enjoy Mother Nature’s bath.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 15, 2012 7:12 am

      Hi, V, I forgot to mention the great smell of a rainy day: The delicious combination of wet dirt, freshly washed air and moist wood and plant debris. Have a great, rainy weekend — I will!

  4. December 15, 2012 4:04 pm

    I love it when you show views of your incredible garden. O.K. truth be told, I’m envious when you show views of your incredible garden. So many fabulous plants that would rot, freeze and be generally unhappy here thrve beautifully there. I thought that your blue cactus must be something man made with those black looking buds and extremely blue color – couldn’t be real. The aloes & agaves…Yikes, I’m drooling on my keyboard again!

    Sounds like your recovery is well under way! Hooray!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 15, 2012 5:07 pm

      Hey, Peter, thanks … Most of these plants take care of themselves so I can’t take too much credit for their awesome good looks! When I first saw the blue cactus I could hardly believe it myself and had to track them down; I love that they’re loving living at the Rancho.

  5. December 22, 2012 2:24 am

    I feel the same way about this drizzly season we’re having, with more on the way. The rancho looks to be in splendid form.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 22, 2012 2:26 am

      Just deft cropping, Denise … the ramshackle was not shown … still I love the rain immensely!

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