I live in Southern California and it hardly ever rains, but when it does, oh boy!
Reasons I love the rain:
- I don’t have to wash my car. Hear me out. Most people complain that it rains right after they washed their car. I’m the complete opposite. I love a good downpour. It can’t be just a little rain. It has to rain long and hard enough to knock the dust off of my car. It’s great when it happens at work because I drive home and dry it off and my car looks clean!
- The sound of rain is very soothing and helps me fall asleep. For some reason, fake rain sound doesn’t work. I might fall asleep to it but then I’m dreaming about having to go the bathroom all night, and consequently, waking up all night. Not sure why real rain outside my window doesn’t do this.
- I don’t have to water my plants for awhile. The summer is brutal on anything I’m trying to keep alive. I’ve not hidden the fact that I’m a terrible gardner and I never seem to give the plants enough water. But as we go into fall and winter, things get a little better for me and especially for the plants.
My garden on rain
We had about three full days of real rain in about a week, and besides my car getting clean, I had some real surprises in the garden. This is the first time my plants got a real soaking since I planted them.
The very first thing I noticed was that this one particular plant absolutely exploded! I didn’t know a plant could grow so quickly! These plants were doing well, but after the rain, wow. You’ll notice my creative use of cinder blocks. Ugly? Yes. Useful? Absolutely. The blocks keep the dogs from digging themselves to freedom (they were doing this) and and they also masquerade as planters.
This same plant wasn’t doing so well when I planted it in full sun and in soil that doesn’t seem to get enough water. I thought it was a goner, but after the rain, it plumped up beautifully. It didn’t grow huge like the others, but it did get full and pretty.
I strolled through the rest of my garden for more rain effects. All my plants were pretty and plump, although no others grew to gargantuan proportions.
I’m loving learning about my plants as they develop. I especially love that there are so many pretty varieties that are hardy enough for my ministrations.