It’s happening! It’s raining! The Surprise Lilies (Oxbloods) have blossomed, so I know it’s really happening. I’m not as prepared as I’d hoped, having only gotten portions of the garden seeded this week. But, as I lay in bed last night with the excitment of the coming rain keeping me awake, I remembered all the seeding that I’ve done in the last few months that failed to germinate due to a lack of rain. All those seeds might actually sprout if the squirrels and birds haven’t found them. Looking for sprouts in the next week is going to be so wonderful!
You might wonder why I didn’t just water the seeds I planted througout the last season. Here’s a word about that. Irrigating seeds just hasn’t been as effective as getting an honest rain. The seeds know the difference and they don’t care for the treated city water. Even when you do water regularly, you just won’t see the same results. The plants know the difference, too. They are noticably cheered up after a rain. Everything about them looks different. Their leaves are more robust, their flowers look happier (Isn’t that a scientific description?). Just like the surprise lillies, which only seem to sprout when it rains. They don’t seem fooled by a sprinkler.
So, there it is. It’s raining (for real) and we just had the Harvest moon. It’s Fall. And it such a welcome, welcome visitor.