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Raindrops on rooftop ... and raindrops on flowers! Finally!

Friday, 25 Nov 11 Cloudy 31°C / 88°F

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Yes we finally received a little rain yesterday. It wasn’t much … 5 mm or so, less than half an inch … but it was just glorious to hear the rain hitting the tin roof once again. Although the ‘dry’ season wasn’t all that long this year, around seven months without rain, it was a relief to see the dark skies and sniff the rain-laden air.

Looking back over the year so far, it’s been a bit of a marathon with a few extremes in weather and conditions thrown in for luck!

Firstly the beginning month of January topped off the previous year’s lack of dry season. 2010’s dry season was one of the wettest ever recorded, so when the torrential downpours hit during the wet season which followed, there were some serious flooding events.

Then in February we had the highest ever rated cyclone, and the largest to ever make landfall in our state’s history, hit our coast and cross just a little further to the north with devastating results. It caused a lot of damage to my garden.

Then the dry season began. We haven’t had any rain at all since the end of April, which really isn’t unusual. As a matter of fact, it was rather short-lived as we can go for nine months without rain here in my dry tropics zone.

Unfortunately though, for many of the plants in recovery mode from cyclone damage it was a difficult few months. It’s taken quite some effort to get the little stumps that used to be massive shrubs and trees, limping through the parched conditions since April.

The plants have nearly all crossed the finish line for this year though! I did have a couple that didn’t quite make it, but I feel that’s been a great result. Now, after the welcome arrival of a little rain, it seems like the garden and I have pulled through it all fairly well. I really enjoyed wandering around the garden yesterday seeing raindrop-splashed plants.

Now I’m bracing for the coming Summer and ‘wet’ season with fingers crossed that it doesn’t hold too many unwelcome surprises. Enough of the extremes for now thanks Mother Nature!

Main photo: Raindrops on Mussaenda philippica ‘Bangkok Rose’
Photo 1: Raindrops on Pseudomussaenda flava or Mussaenda lutea
Photo 2: Raindrops on Ixora ‘Twilight Glow’
Photo 3: Raindrops on Gazanias
Photo 4: A Yellow-Bellied Sunbird enjoying a bath in the rain.


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  • carms

    carms wrote:

    I shall never complain about my weather again! your photos are beautiful and the bird is so sweet.

    Posted on 26 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    The bird IS adorable. So pretty.

    I’m glad you are finally seeing some rain. Let’s hope you’ll be in for a season of “just right” when it comes to rainfall amounts.

    Posted on 26 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • SneIrish

    SneIrish wrote:

    YaY! Everything looks beautiful! And the bird sure looks happy too!

    Posted on 26 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Carms, I think every gardener around the world has to contend with extremes of one sort or another. It’s a common experience for us all I’m sure and I’m certain you have some challenges of your own as well.

    Orientallily, ‘just right’ weather is definitely my Christmas wish for this year.

    SneIrish, the birds have been out and about a little more since the showers of rain have fallen. They certainly seem to be a lot more vocal!

    Posted on 26 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    Fingers crossed QLD doesn’t get another Summer like the last. Sorry you didn’t get more rain, Toowoomba got a bucketing over two days!

    Posted on 27 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Hope the rain is useful for your plants, Bernieh! The photos are very nice &, as others have already said, the bird is looking happy!

    We’ve had a lot of dry weather this year, in fact an official drought warning has been posted TWICE this year for the region where I live (East Anglia)! The 2nd one doesn’t actually come into force for a few more weeks. The regional water company has applied to the government for permission to extract millions of gallons of water from one of the principal rivers of the region so as to top up one of our reservoirs otherwise there will have to be restrictions in place next year.

    We had a heavy shower this morning but we never get enough to make any difference. The soil on the allotment, even a spit deep is almost as dry as the surface! That has really surprised me!

    Posted on 27 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    LillyPilly, I see there’s some flooding down in NSW already, so they must have had very decent rainfall down there. Glad to hear Toowoomba got some good rain as well. We’re expecting a little more at the end of this week, but it will hardly penetrate the soil here. Surely Mother Nature won’t be so cruel as to give Queensland loads more nasty surprises this Summer!!!

    Posted on 27 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Amarylis, you’re describing what it’s like here when we get the first rainfall after a long dry season … the rain doesn’t actually penetrate the soil. The long dry means that the soil is completely compacted and it takes very heavy rain for water to seep down into the soil here. The rain we’ve had so far has been totally useless in that respect, but it’s very pleasant to smell it and hear it once more.

    Sounds like it has been rather dry over there if there have been drought warnings. Obviously they’re expecting problems with water supply if there’s another warning on the way and they’re applying to let water out of the river to top up the reservoir. We are used to such conditions here, but I can imagine it would be tough for you when this happens.

    Posted on 27 Nov 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • TolCath

    TolCath wrote:

    Lovely – nice to see flowers are blooming somewhere. :)

    Posted on 08 Dec 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Yes thanks TolCath. We’re lucky that we have something in flower all year round here.

    Posted on 08 Dec 11 (over 3 years ago)

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