This is just a few of the plants I established in this past week. I started with almost nothing in my back bed, so I put out over 50 plants!
What am I doing gardening in the rain? I live in the desert!
Background for those who don't know:
My part of the desert isn't littered with cactus, just mesquite bushes, which suck water away from any plants around them. This makes our landscape less like Arizona and more like short bushes ("trees") so we rely on our yards for the color green.
We do have wildflowers, especially this time of year but unlike the Eastern part of Texas, we depend on rain to spread our flowers. Some desert flowers grow, bloom, and die within 2 weeks, a very short life cycle that ensure their seeds will be dispersed for the next rain.
Add to high amounts of wind (it's almost NEVER still outside and 10 to 15 mph is a normal day) and low amounts of rain (average 15 inches/year), to high saline city water. We are almost as salty as the ocean, so it's an understatement to say that gardening is a challenge.
I don't let that deter me. I love gardening, so when it rained this week (measurable amounts for 5 days straight), I found myself gardening in the rain. Crazy!
Crazy because in West Texas we'd rather watch rain that get out in it. You see normally we have "gully washers" here. That happen when God turns over the bucket and floods our area for say 30 minutes or so. If you get caught in this rain, you CAN drown. When I was in third grade we had a flood in my hometown and they had to recruit everyone in town with a boat to evacuate two flooded schools!
So yesterday I found myself in rain jacket (Yes, I do have one!), rain boots, and workout pants, planting in the rain. It was exhilarating and crazy all at the same time.
I'll just bet when the flowers bloom (they will with over 3 inches of rain this week alone!), it WILL be worth it. In the meantime, maybe I can pretend that I live in Seattle or Hawaii, any place where rain isn't a novelty, but an everyday occurrence.