Right as rain

We’re all – plants and gardeners – breathing a sigh of relief after our rain. It was a good soaking of anywhere from 2.5 – 5 inches depending on who you talk to. My bucket had about 4″ in it but I’m not sure rain gauges caught as much. (Some of the rain definitely fell sideways.) However much we got, we needed it and it must have put a dent in our drought. My fingers are crossed that we’ll start getting more rain at regular intervals, during the night and never on weekends…

The tulips did take a beating like I thought they might but I think they’re still quite beautiful, even broken. Nature is a drama queen after all, tragically lovely most of the time.

The rain came in the nick of time for planting, if not for the tulips. We just finished transplanting – raise your hand if, like me, you were madly dashing around your garden trying to get the last things divided and moved before the skies opened – and have just received our biggest order of perennials and annuals. The annuals will rest inside the greenhouse for a few weeks more until we can be sure we’re past our last frost date (I feel so badly for the people who got snow with this storm. How diabolical is it to go from 80 degree summer weather back to winter in the span of a week?) but we’ll start planting the perennials this week. Going into moist soil, they’ll have a much better chance of taking off quickly and thriving without us having to baby them along like we have the transplants.

Did you get the rain you needed? (Did you get SNOW?) Did you finish transplanting in time or will you do more now?

5 thoughts on “Right as rain

  1. We got almost 3 inches of rain and I also was running to get some vegetable seedlings in. I hope we do get regular celestial waterings from now on.

    Fingers crossed! -kris

  2. It was a very good soaking rain and I am so very grateful. My tulips were showing just a bit of color so remain undamaged by the deluge. Now, let’s keep the temperatures in the normal range so things slow down just a bit. The spring should never be rushed.

    Amen to that, Layanee. -kris

  3. We got rain too here in Arlington, MA; unfortunately the only thing I got planted before the rain was a couple of annual planters. I have a cousin who lives just south of Buffalo who got one and a half FEET of snow!

    Wow! And I’ll bet that snow was heavy and awful… We’re so lucky to have gotten that rain. -kris

  4. We are still powder dry. My little woodland ephemerals are wilty but I’m too busy planting new things and watering them. Still, it’s preferable to snow. I’m really sick of dragging all the new things and houseplants back in every night. So cold. Two more nights below freezing. Sounds like you had a lovely drink.Val in MI.

    Val, I hope you get some rain soon (as I write this we’re getting another lovely little downpour – which we needed even after the last rainfall. It’s been so windy…) and I hope you made it through your frosts. -kris

  5. Finally we did get a couple inches. Everyone is lifting their leaves straight up!
    Still cold and grey tho.

    Val, I’m glad for you. And we’re still cold and grey too. Perfect planting weather! -kris

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