Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, gardeners, get your act together, there’s a storm coming! Okay, Browning, I am not.
So, I’m still fighting an infection of some sort. Ibuprofen and Goldenseal tea are my two best buds. However, yesterday evening I got dressed just enough to not shock the neighbors and went to do a quick inspection of the garden. I had decided I may need to make a list of tasks for the Parsnip to do if anyone was in desperate need of anything.
All was quiet on the garden front. Our abundance of rain coupled with warm (okay, hot) weather has left my garden feeling rather smug about herself.
Last night the weather got crazy. About 3:30 in the afternoon it started raining. Not a lot, just fat, warm drops, the kind that let you know there are more to come. By 4:15 it was coming down in sheets.
I love to listen to the rain on our front porch. We have tin roof on the porch that makes it sound like our own drum line. By 4:30 the drum line had some added bass in the form of hail, big hail. By 5:00 I had to go in the house as the the rain was now coming almost horizontally right at me. Some of the hail was the size of golf balls and they were pretty interested in hitting me on the noggin.
Through it all, I just kept worrying that my radishes were taking a beating and my new flower beds were too little for such a hard rain. I’m a dork, I know.
Today is a new day. The sun is out, along with the neighbors, cleaning their yards and mowing the grass that seems to have loved it all. I’m getting out there as well.
I hope your day is delightful, and deliciously paisley!~KeriAnne
Aside from prayer, there is really not much we can do about the weather. We’re at the mercy of the elements. Or are we?
While we may not be able to make it rain, stop the rain, divert the tornado or avoid the hurricane bearing down on us, we can protect our gardens from most of the major problems inclement weather that may be forecasted for us.
I’ve traveled a lot. I grew up a Navy brat when I was little then traveled a lot professionally. I have been smack dab in the middle of just about every weather related natural disaster including: 6 Typhoons in Guam, 4 Tornadoes in Wichita Falls, TX, I think 7 Hurricanes in several Texas towns, Earthquakes in CA, Ice Storms, Dust Storms, floods, drought, hail, and so on and so forth. I think the only thing I haven’t actually lived through is an avalanche, another reason not to move to Lillehammer.
Although some things will come up that we can neither predict nor control, we can take steps to protect our gardens and growing spaces from most of the heavy hitting weather anomalies. I know I can’t address them all, but I want to cover a few.