Sunday, March 1, 2009
Walking In The Rain
Our recent rain was most welcome. We usually only get one mild rain between June and October, so the local trees and largest shrubs appreciate a good soaking during the winter and spring to tide them over during the driest months. Plus, more than 60 freight and passenger trains a day rumble by, just a few blocks from here, kicking up quite a dust storm that wafts over the neigborhood with the prevailing onshore winds. Thankfully, the rain settles the dust and washes it off all the leaves, branches and stems.
We were showered with inches of ash during the terrible wildfires that raged just east of here and up and down the state in 2007. Theories vary on the effect the ash has had on gardening. The only drastic change here has been a noticeable decrease in the number of snails.