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.