Our first substantial rainfall of the new season arrived this morning at 4 a.m. when remnants of Typhoon Melor blew in from Japan. Some parts of the Bay Area got 1 foot of rain, but San Francisco got much less than that.
My garden received 2.5", and the rain barrels filled up with 240 gallons of free water. What did I do but run right down and use 60 gallons of it for some directed deep soaking. Two inches of rain does not soak down very far. Move the top layer, and the ground beneath it is quite dry.
But when that top soil layer is thoroughly wetted, additional water penetrates deeply. I take advantage of that all winter long by using the rain barrels to supplement the actual rainfall. As far as the plants in my garden are concerned, every year is an El Niño.
I keep track of the rainfall on a piece of paper tacked on the wall in the garage.
We're a couple weeks ahead of where we were this time last year.
Along with the rain, strong winds bent the garden out of shape. I'll have to do some pruning and editing in the next few days.
In the meantime, I planted out more bulbs today, including recently obtained Dichelostemma and Watsonia.
On my way back inside, a single bright red grape leaf stopped me in my tracks.
It was already dark so the picture is blurry. Well my dad always says the best pictures are taken with the mind.
As nice as that idea is, it's still nice to have actual pictures you feel good about. It's been hard to do that with Miss Patty. Today I succeeded!