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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Sky Is Blue
Last week weather predictors reported a messy disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. It wasn't known exactly to what extent we would be affected. But it was clear central Florida was to expect a few days of rain. It was exciting news for our drought-weary state. I was eagerly anticipating rain for my garden.
So much so that I scurried about in the days prior planting dozens more caladium bulbs and dividing/transplanting begonias, irises, blackberry lilies, grasses, and gingers. I snipped coleus, pentas, blue sage, red salvia, Wendy's wish, and cordylines to root, readying for the "rain event" that was to come.
Oh, every gardener knows there isn't a water source to compare with nutritious liquid from heaven. The hope of clouds and rain for a few days in a row meant new cuttings would perk right up and easily adjust to their change in location. New plantings wouldn't wilt in the midday sun. Divisions would adapt with ease under a blanket of clouds. No hose dragging to be sure ~~ at least for a few days.
Tropical Storm Debby certainly took her time to formulate. Three overcast days ending with typical late-afternoon rains left us wanting more. By the weekend we were in for a surprise.
Debby was declared a tropical storm and began moving north. Then she just "sat" in the Gulf of Mexico churning out high winds and soaking rains. Some tornadoes touched down while rivers and lakes flooded parts of the West Coast and beyond. Many homes, businesses, and roads were under water or damaged.
It was cool, then eerily balmy. Gusty winds stirred up memories of hurricanes past.
Over 14" from 24 hours of non-stop rain was the final result here.
For two days following we've had intermittent bursts of rain and very high winds. We were surveying for damage each day. Fortunately, oak tree debris and frayed banana leaves is the worst of it here. Minor and minimal. We are blessed.
Today the weather is almost back to normal. I'm grateful for the rain. I'm grateful it stopped when it did. The earth was full and couldn't hold anymore.
Butterflies found their wings again today. (They hide well during a storm.) Buzzing critters were happily flitting about as rays of sunshine beamed through puffy white clouds.
Florida is the Sunshine State for good reason. We are rarely lacking in ample doses of it. It is a beautiful thing to see blue skies today.
I hope all my fellow Florida gardeners and your gardens are safe and sound. Meems
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