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Sunday, December 4, 2011
It's Raining! It's Pouring! Today I'll Do Some Snoring ... My Dry Tropics Garden Journal ... Week 49, 2011
Season: Beginning of Summer and the start of the 'wet' season
Well finally, after a few light showers here and there in the last couple of weeks, and a few grey-cloud days, I am sitting inside listening to the raindrops hitting the tin roof ... and I've been listening to that beautiful music since very early this morning. Yes, it's been raining for hours and hours and hours! The sun has been tipped from the sky and there's not a patch of blue to be seen! Just glorious!
This is the only part of Summer and wet season that I relish. Right now, at the beginning of the Summer season, before the heavy torrential downpours begin, there's excitement and pleasure at hearing and smelling decent rain after months of going without. There's a freshness to the air.
I adore the first blanket of grey skies and dull light and I almost forget that, when this lovely day of rain stops, there will be hours and hours of hideous humidity, stifling sizzling heat and blinding scorching sunlight!!! I forget just how claustrophic it becomes when you're forced to stay inside because of the pelting rain and the mud and slosh everywhere. Yes, right now those memories are faded ... but give it a few weeks and I'm sure I'll be in the depths of wet season misery.
At the moment, there's no chance of getting out into the garden and, unlike the wildlife that seem to enjoy being drenched, I sit back in the shelter of the verandah just watching the world go by!
Can you tell I'm rather pleased that today definitely seems to herald the end of our dry season for this year????
It's fantastic to see green grass appear once more in the yard, in contrast to the still brown parched grasses of the surrounding bushland.
All those cyclone-damaged shrubs and trees somehow look happy today!
Or is it just me?
It's just brilliant to see the trunks of the tall Poincianas trees ...
... and bushland trees streaked with rainwater,
... and the Eucalyptus leaves dripping with sparkling raindrops.
The school year is now over and I'm on a long end-of-year break ... seven weeks to be exact ... and somehow it seems perfect that at the end of a very long last week of school, I'm forced to sit back and relax while the rain just keeps on falling on the thirsty trees, shrubs and flowers all around me!!!
I've been saved from walking around the awfully depressing sight of the pergola re-construction site out in my courtyard, and I'm trying very hard not to notice the trampled plants and severely trimmed vegetation out there in the distance beyond that Cycad.
Instead I get to wander along the verandah and take in the work-in-progress from a distance, where the rain-splahed new pergola structure looks almost acceptable. If I don't get any closer I can't see all the damage underneath! Of course I know there's a whole lot of work still to be done and I'm keeping my fingers crossed the workmen get to finish it before the wet season really sets in!!!! Fingers crossed!
If the usual wet season does set in for the Summer, there won't be much chance to get out and do much gardening. There are some comparisons to be drawn with the northern hemisphere gardeners who 'put away' their gardens for the winter. Whilst my garden won't be hidden away under layers of snow, it's pretty much a no-go area when the heavens open and the deluge of monsoonal rain begins.
I can't do much around the place other than the usual chore of helping some of the potted plants survive the coming hot, humid, wet couple of months that they really don't enjoy ... plants such as the Pelargoniums and the Gazanias! I have trouble with them every Summer.
But ... at the moment ... as the rain keeps falling down ... that rocking chair off the right of the photo above has my name written all over it. It's time for a snooze! ...
... and I'm afraid those poor drenched wallabies and the raindrop-splashed plants are in for a snoring treat!!!