Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Vignette

Here's a sight I haven't seen for months. Even if you didn't know this photo was taken this morning, you could probably guess we are no longer in high summer here in Portland. Yesterday afternoon I dumped an two-day accumulation of .7 inches of rain out of my rain gauge. Then this morning I emptied just over an inch! 
Do you see how the dirt (ash, dust, pollen, whatever) has coalesced under each drop of water below? That shows you that things were getting a bit grimy over summer, and how welcome the rain is for cleansing the air and the plants.
But as much as my garden needs it, I hope the rains will not be constant from now until June; I need a little transition time to make my peace with autumn and winter. And I have plants that, after waiting seemingly for months, I can finally put in the ground.

6 comments:

  1. I have lots of plants to get in the ground too, and this is the best time of the year to do that, but yes, we DO need a break in the rain to get out there and dig holes. I don't mind doing that in a little misty rain, but not a constant downpour.

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  2. last september it was breast cancer surgery. this september it is foot surgery. i am so excited to go out and plant what i did not get done in the spring and early summer. the plants also need a little warmth and not constant inundation at least for a few weeks (before first frost). Ashland is forecast for seven days of sunny warmth starting this weekend. i hope you also get this forecast of indian summer.

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  3. Hope that the rains wash ash, etc. from your garden, and that there will be just the right amount this season.

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  4. Aye on the transition... I am totally ready for fall, but I want my fair share of sunny days with cool, crisp air, blue skies and soft, moist soil. Still, the last few days were a nice break, and I hope it rained just as much - or more - in the Gorge, so it helped with fire control. Getting all that ash washed off felt great!

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  5. In my Pollyanna-ish way, I am convinced that we are in for a few weeks of perfect fall weather (with an occasional rain, at night, to keep that soil workable for all our planting projects).

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  6. Very happy for you. We're starting to wonder what that stuff would be here, too. Very dry month in Toronto – though nothing compared to you CA folk.

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