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Worst rains of the season just ended.


By stan510


It was near a week of “Subtropical river of moisture” as they called it. From Thursday to Sunday night,almost non stop rain.
At 3.5 inches…not exactly what wet climates endure- Louisiana had 24" of rain in one 24 hour period.
BUT!..I hear and see the birds singing..the Crows crowing today..and a sort of “We survived” feeling with wildlife. And me,dull life-ha. I like it that way at this point.
California had a very good storage season so far…just a few short weeks of rain from mid December- now,and we can have enough if not another drop fell until next winter. It sort of amazes me as the long dry summer goes on every year,and I can never remember what was the last month it rained, that we have always have water.
Now the big garden worry is…what might rot. Cool soils soaking wet with arid,xeric type plants. I’m sure many succulents look fine…but you can never tell if they have rotted roots…since when warm comes,they will re grow those. All that can happen and only if it grows slower than average in summer are you aware of something.
That’s not including the obvious worst case- rot and die.
Well,back to the warmer days this week. I need it.

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Hi Stan! I'm so glad to hear that you are getting moisture in California... Have you heard how they're faring in San Diego? Delonix was commenting that they really needed some moisture down there. We've had a very mixed up winter this year... quite unlike the last few. only one or two days when it was minus 30-40. It was later than usual arriving and I actually went out and dug another bed (for strawberries, hopefully.) in the second week of DECEMBER! That is totally unheard of!
How is your drainage? ...that's key to avoiding the die-off of too much moisture. Here it's in combo with late frosts... April is a savage month, here. Good luck and good weather to you.

16 Mar, 2016


Thanks Lori. Delonix and Klahanie have been quiet lately- I was ready to answer my own posts with "Where did everybody go?".
They say the farther north,the warmer the winter. I notice here Lori that over the last few years- it seems like every month's low temperatures are higher then average. Almost without exception. The day's not quite going that strong.

The drainage is ok. You know how it goes Lori,when you've dug up the yard so many times over many years..water doesnt puddle or the like. Still,with warm and dry loving plants,rot is a problem. I think I lost a nice Snake plant...its fallen over. Not good.
Good luck on the spring planting,you might be as warm as our southeast's dixie line this time of year...jet stream sure wanders!

16 Mar, 2016


oh that is so true, Stan. We've just received a long range weather forecast that is so miserable... polar cell influence has been weak this winter but by Friday we're going back down into the negatories! We are in the middle of the snow melt and the water is high in the ditches and streams.
I seem to remember that Sanseveria? sansiviera? doesn't have much of a root system... perhaps just needs some fresh compost and a staking? well hopefully anyway... ;-)

17 Mar, 2016


Just catching up on all posts Stan, we were traveling for a week. The area from Siskiyou pass up to Oregon border looked very lush. Lots new grapevines and fruit trees are being planted. No more congress generated dust bowls signs.

22 Mar, 2016


What a difference Klahanie. My wife sort of marvels at how green it is here. Its been 4 ,5 years? since we had a wet winter.
Creeks that are named "Dry Creek" are now running mocha coffee streams.
A good year. Wet,mild...snow where it should be. I still have my tropical's alive. For sure,a good year.

22 Mar, 2016

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