Buckets of Rain in California

by Lorraine on December 18, 2010

Rain has arrived in California at last and since last night the showers have been consistent and gradually  became heavier with each passing hour.  Listening to it on the roof and dripping off the eaves during the night, was lulling and peaceful to me.

Earlier in the week, I timed my gardening chores with the upcoming storms in mind.   What a perfect time to move some of the plants into different locations and also to put in some new ones as well and take advantage of the storms arrival!

Everything is looking very good and I suspect over the course of the next few days, the garden will eventually become saturated with rain water.  And with the first bit of sunshine, weeds will be sprouting everywhere.

The gardeners bane…

But the winter rain storms are exactly what native plants need and it assists them to  become established if they are new transplants and prepare them for the following summer when there is less water.

The older plants are pulling  up moisture that they didn’t get during the hot summer months and are becoming revived, green and in some cases, starting to bloom, such as my Ceanothus bush that has blue blossoms on it now.

It’s a lovely day filled with raindrops and downpours and I’m sure that some people are not happy about it and would rather have a sunny sky while they are running their last minute Holiday errands.

Especially since it’s the last weekend before Christmas and many of them are scurrying around, attempting to get in that last bit of Christmas shopping and checking off their to-do lists before December 25th.

But for my garden, it is a welcome gift.

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1 Lisa 01.07.11 at 6:28 pm

Hello! I am so excited to have found your blog! I am a recent transplant from Tennessee that (happily) moved to La Crescenta and am completely new to California landscaping. I purchased a book on native plants and am diving headfirst into the mess that is my front and back yard (grass, rock rose ice plant, weeds weeds and more weeds)! I was wondering if you had any pearls of wisdom related to cost or what to avoid or even if you’d consider looking at the plan I have for my garden? Thank you for the heads-up on the large Canyon Prince Wild Ryes and on the other nurseries besides Theodore Payne.

2 Lorraine 01.10.11 at 4:52 pm

Hi Lisa,

I’m not exactly an expert on native plant gardening but a total neophyte. I simply started reading books on CA natives and attended some classes at the Theodore Payne nursery. I’m learning as I go and I certainly know more now than I did three years ago but it’s an ongoing process. I would suggest that since you are so close to the nursery, that you sign up for some of the classes and talk to the experts, there! Meanwhile, you can start ripping out what you can on your property and pay attention to what areas are currently getting the most sun and also dig several holes around the area you wish to plant in…about 18″ deep, fill with water and make a note how long it takes for the water to drain. Given the fact that you live in La Crescenta, more than likely you have good draining soil as the base of the mountains. Thanks for your compliment! Lorraine

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