Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The phrase 'April showers bring May flowers' was not written my a Floridian.
In Central Florida it is a true gift to receive any substantial rainfall in the month of April or May. Spring is our dry season.
With our dry season most often come drought conditions and watering restrictions ensue.
Our county is allowed one day to irrigate. For your own county restrictions you can click here. Did you know watering thoroughly (rather than often and more shallow) only one day per week actually encourages roots in your lawn and plants to go deeper and builds drought tolerance?
Yesterday we received a much needed gift of rain. It was a good, steady rain that tapered off and on to a drizzle and soaked the parched, sandy earth of my garden.
This morning it was still dripping with liquid happiness. The nutrients contained in rain are unlike any other substitute.
Our true rainy season can begin anytime from June to July as it coincides with hurricane season. Rain will continue through October while humidity and temperatures are high. Most of Florida will receive an average of 50" during this period.
Tree cover helps to hold in moisture as does good mulching habits. Even so, without rain for weeks even in the best conditions the garden dries out.
So we are thankful today for the heavens opening up on our little 'ole garden and bringing some much needed relief.
Refreshed and renewed!
I hope your garden (and you, too) is singing happy songs today. I know I am and I'm sure I can hear hallelujahs of thankfulness coming from my plants.
Happy gardening, Meems
**all photos taken today ~~ click on any photo for description/location.