Recently in Southern California, it’s been raining. More rain than we know what to do with. The thing is, we have been in a drought for so long that the rain is new to us. Most of us, in this nation, were born in the year 2007. This is our first winter season with so much rain.
Here in Classtopia, we are happy about the rains. Some people may not like it much, but it is like a party for the garden and the garden department. This also means less work for us. We get to watch mother nature help us to take care of our plants. The rain is affecting the plants, the same way that eating right affects you.
In the succulent garden, the plants are bursting with new growth. The Aeoniums have quadrupled in size. When we first put them in, they were the size of a closed fist. Now, they’re as big as some of our heads! The rain is magical. After every rain, we get rewarded. Something new pops out, and makes the garden more noticeable than the week before.
The epiphytes on the trees are soaking up water like they are at an all you can eat buffet! They have scales on their leaves to be able to capture moisture. And boy, are they getting some. So once we enter spring, we expect to see a lot more flowers. We also hope to see a lot of seeds germinating/ shooting out of the ground with pride. And all flowers will bloom with lots of energy. Soon, our gardens will be alive with color.
With these rains, we are conserving rainwater. We place buckets near the gardens, to get filled with rainwater. Later on, when the sunny days return, we will use it to water, because the water is natural. This way we save some money for our school. The school will have to pay a little less for the water bill.
If you have a garden, you should collect some rainwater and use it later for your plants. Here is how to do it: get some jugs, or large containers and put them close to an area where lots of water trickles from the roof or the leaves of plants. When the containers are filled, you should cover them so that the water does not evaporate or attract mosquitos. Plants love rain more than tap/faucet water. I am sure that you will notice many wonderful changes in your garden.
These are our beautiful Aeoniums.The Tropical garden in the rain.