I know most of you are laughing at us here in California for a paltry 5" of rain in one weekend. But for us that is a lot. While we needed it desperately, we didn't need it all at once. If that was spread out over a few weeks or even a month it would have been much better. Luckily we will be drying out here for a few weeks with temps back in the 80's so there won't be anymore damage like this:
These pictures are not my house or even my block, but a few blocks north:
|At the far north end of the block.
I guess they get the gusty winds that we do at the north end of our block
|They were taking some massive pumps into the house.
|24 hours after the last rain and water is still streaming out of this backyard.
|Click here for a delightful Dandelion Green Soup recipe.
But I'd buy them in the store and not use them from the median strip.
|So pretty and delicate.
Our damage was relatively minor:
|I kind of like the rustic tilted look and may leave it that way.
|Foam and algae in the pond - yeck!
|Lots of damaged leaves on the turnips.
|Sigh! At least he noticed that he was tracking in mud after a few steps.
|All of my pink plum blossoms - GONE!
It is the last one that really depresses me. The entire block was just starting to turn pink and then the storm hit. The show only lasts a week or so anyway. Boo! There are still a few blooms though.
A few shots of my other short lived beauties - freesias:
The California natives are looking beautiful:
|The view from the living room window.
|The reason they are called Manzanita or "little apples".
|A preponderance of pink - Arctostaphylos
|A plethora of purple - Ceonothus
|Betula Occidentalis - Water birch - just starting to leaf.
The edibles are doing pretty well:
|Lots of big green leaves on the artichoke.
|The first pomegranate bloom
|Red Table grapes
|ready or not, you come out next week, beets.
|same to you, carrots.
|kale and turnips
|Started hardening off the tomatoes, which is why the beets and carrots need to move over soon.
Hope your garden is starting to show signs of spring soon.