Finally rain. Today we are blessed with the remnants of a tropical storm from the Gulf which reformed off of the Carolinas, and is slowly making its way north as a nor’easter. We can almost hear the plants slurping up the wonderfully cool rain. Monday afternoon’s rain was the first real soaking we’ve had since sometime in August, and things were getting very dry in the garden. You know it’s dry when trees begin to look thirsty. We’ve had a lot of leaves simply turning brown and falling. The wind on Monday covered some streets with crispy brown pine needles. Our driveway was covered in brown and yellow Tulip Poplar leaves when we pulled in Monday afternoon.
So a cold front, and a nor’easter with copious rain, is breathing some life back into the garden here. I’m hoping that more Lycoris will pop up. Some friends and I ordered quite a few Lycoris radiata bulbs together last fall. But so far only one of the new ones has surfaced; and that only after I watered its bed copiously to revive some transplants.
This morning we began the day by moving small pots back under the eaves, emptying plant saucers, and making sure the waiting flats of Violas are protected. When the rain passes the ground will be wet and welcoming, and we can finally plant them out in their beds.
The storm is still working its way north. The heaviest of the rain and wind will come later today and overnight. A Nor’easter is like a little hurricane. The wind speeds are lower, and it usually comes after hurricane season has passed. We’re still in the season here for a few more weeks, but the cold front ahead of this storm should keep the lid on it. The rain can be just as heavy, though, and tidal flooding is sometimes even worse. We’ve already heard that streets are flooding and roads washing out in communities closer to the ocean. When nor’easters travel slowly, or worse, simply sit and churn off of the coast; their effects are lasting and expensive.
But we are inland, and are enjoying the grey day and the rain. After temperatures this time last week near 90, we have the heat on in the house today. It is another reminder of the passing seasons. A reminder to prepare for the cold soon to come. A wake-up call to bring the potted things in, take cuttings, finish planting bulbs, and to enjoy the garden fully before the last remnants fade in the first frosty mornings.
All photos by Woodland Gnome 2013
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