Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You Know We've Had Rain When...

There's moss growing in the driveway:

Moss in Driveway

And moss growing on the wall:

Moss on the Wall

And the weeds are growing, well, like weeds!

Weeds!

This will be the year when the desert will bloom! 

16 comments:

  1. It's wonderful that you have all these awesome photos to document the vibrant green ... especially after all those years of drought. Am guessing that even weeds look besutiful to you now. :)

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    1. It does look a pretty shade of green, doesn't it? I really don't mind the weeds. Some of them are actually edible, although I'd probably not eat them! But good to know I can pick myself a salad, should I want to! :)

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  2. Wow very pretty! It's actually raining here in Michigan and very windy. The roads were lousy this morning as the snow/ice started to melt and was covered with rain. Most of the snow out of the garden is gone. Not sure for how long lol.

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    1. Oh, don't you hate it when the snow gets all slushy as it melts? Hope the rain doesn't freeze and form black ice on the roads! Be safe when you are out and about, driving!

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  3. I am so happy that you are out of the drought.. I know all those wonderful fruit trees are happy to have so much water..

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I know the fruit trees and plants are happy. They have been waiting for this rain, for so long!

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  4. Moss is such a pretty color. I'm sure you're enjoying it. When I have visited the dry regions of the west, I have appreciated their beauty. However, after a few days, I crave seeing green. I'm glad you're getting this special treat.

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    1. Everything looked so nice and green when I drove to work, today! The hills in the distance all looked bright green instead of brown! Of course, further up north, they are having floods, but down here, we are soaking up all the rain!

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  5. I bet it's lovely to see some greenery, even if it's weeds and moss. Hope the drought is over for you now. Just wondering, would it have to rain a lot more for that to be the case? Over here We can go from floods to drought and back to floods again in a matter of 2 or 3 weeks. I'm guessing that's probably not the case where you are? xx

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    1. No, our drought is defined as not receiving the normal amount of precipitation (both rain and snow fall) during our rainy season (winter) in almost 6 consecutive years. A lot of our water supply for every day use comes from melt water from the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains. In the past several years, the snow pack has been well below average as insufficient amounts of snow fell. As a result, we've been using water from reservoirs and the groundwater aquifers, to the extent where some reservoirs went down to their lowest levels in years (something like 20% capacity). This winter, so far, we have been getting a little more than our average rain fall and snow; the latest report is that the snow pack is almost at 70% of normal levels. Some areas in northern California are having floods and floods and mud slides are always a concern when it rains. But the drought won't be considered officially over until the snow pack builds up all the way, the reservoirs fill up, and the ground water is replenished. It'll take more than one wet winter.

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  6. I like moss a lot. Even though we get quite a bit of rain here, I don't ever find moss in my own yard, unfortunately. There is some really neat stuff that grows in the parks and beaches, though.

    I can only imagine how wonderful it is to have all that rain after such a long drought. I hope it continues. :)

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    1. I am thinking of scooping up some of the moss and trying to grow it in a terrarium. I did that once, in the 70s, when terrariums were quite popular. Need to find a suitable terrarium, first!

      I love listening to the sound of rain falling, but didn't enjoy driving in it to work, this morning! Traffic was horrible!

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    1. It was good, Carolyn, thank you! I will do a post about it. :)

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  8. When you are out and about shopping this weekend, check out the Thrift store for a suitable terrarium. I love the idea of you growing mosses and small succulents inside....something that Dancer couldn't tear apart. I think terrariums are back in style.

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    1. That's an excellent suggestion, Susan! Thank you! Yes, I will look for a terrarium in the thrift stores. I can almost see it: a little fern, a piece of a branch, some moss; it'll be so pretty!

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