Contrary to the weather forecast, this was a gift of a mainly sunny day. The garden was too sodden to do anything in but it was a pleasure just to see the sun and scraps of blue sky.
I mentioned that the hydro-electric dam above the city has been letting out water through its overspill as a result of the rainfall and snow melt in the mountains. Pictures of the spill look spectacular with a spout of water raising a cloud of mist higher than the dam in the narrow canyon. It is unusual to open the spill for high water levels and the dam expects to keep it open until Friday. Their statement said that high water conditions and abundance of energy in BC and the Pacific Northwest had combined with inflows to the Revelstoke Reservoir well above normal. The historical average inflows for June are 24000 cubic feet per second. Over the last week inflows averaged 33,000 cu ft per sec, and on Sunday inflows nearly doubled to 42,000 cu ft per sec so the dam opened the spillway in order to keep the reservoir at a normal full pool level. On Sunday the spillway was releasing 24,000 cu ft per sec so no wonder it was spectacular. I bet all the other waterfalls around here are amazing at the moment. The force of water coming over a waterfall at this time of year is literally earth shaking and deeply impressive.
Joan's purple dahlia Showing True Leaves
Alpine Sea Holly Budding
Aster alpinus Flowering
Dwarf iris 'Pristine Blue' Flowering
looking very battered by the rain
Bearded Iris Flowering
the first of the maroon irises
Salvia 'May Nights' Flowering
Salvia x sylvestris