Friday, September 11, 2009

Rain, glorious rain

First of all, the creek is not flowing. It will take a lot more moisture, especially upstream, before we have to resort to the detour entrance. Although the detour entrance is always open.

I had been away from the nursery for a couple days this week to return to a totally different world. Temperatures in the 70's and rain!

The White Cloud Cenizo is the true tell for a long rain period. It was a welcome sign for my return to work this week.

The boss says we have received over 7" of rain recently. This 1-1/2" arrived just this morning!

Many of the roses have truly responded to the rainfall. This is Climbing Pinkie.

Sometimes the wildflowers (weeds) respond just as nicely. This is Hairy Cluster Vine on the arbor. (Jacquemontia tamnifolia) This wildflower arrived last year along the cedar post fence just left of its current home. Perhaps a present from one of our feathered friends.

"It is an annual vine from the Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae), likes moist sandy soils in distrubed areas, usually along open edges of cultivated fields, streams, or roadsides. " (From Wildflowers of Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi.)

It is a pretty little vine with a showy little bright blue clusters of flowers. We let it live. This year we were just remarking that our little wildflower had not returned. But, viola, a little rain and our wildflower friend is back.

Smelling the Roses