Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wet Drive on Pentecost Eve

I came home yesterday so that I could make it to Pentecost. Vigil last night was wonderful, of course. But today I am sick and had to miss the feast. Being kept at home has given me a chance to put up some photos and share the sights of my drive.

While still on the flats I saw acres of alliums under a sky as white as their flowers, with drops of rain starting to fall out of it. They are onions, yes?

After it began to rain in earnest I noticed the yellow lupines covering the hillsides, where blue and purple ones had been last month. I had to hold the umbrella over my camera to get these photos which show the flowers fuzzed-out by the effects of wind as well as waterlogging.

Only three minutes to snap my pictures, but ten to try scraping my shoes of the mud they'd easily picked up on the side of the road, enough to throw a large vase.


Farther down the road clover and vetch are in flower together. That soil should hold plenty of nitrogen! 

On the home front, the amount of rain we've had so late in the spring has made a big difference in the landscape. The roses are huge, and the old seeds I threw into the ground without much hope sprouted quickly and are growing fast. Natural sprinkling is more effective than me holding a hose. The temperatures have been low, with wind, too, so mildew hasn't been a problem.

I never feel right complaining about wet weather in California, seeing as we grow so much of the nation's fruits and vegetables on land that doesn't get rain for several months of the year. Even if we got several years like this, it wouldn't change the basic arid climate. Every refreshing shower postpones this summer's inevitable drought.

7 comments:

elizabeth said...

beautiful!

hope you feel better soon!

DebD said...

I missed Vigil last night, which I hated to do, and we had a wet Pentecost today. I always enjoy the pictures of flowers on your trip.

Joyous Feast to you. I hope you're better soon.

M.K. said...

I enjoyed both these fun posts! I think that alliums are both garlics and onions, but I'm not sure which ones those are. And that does look very much like flowering quince -- I've had this in 2 yards thus far. It's a favorite. The kale -- since you're not boiling it, I would imagine it keeps quite a bit of its nutritional value. You're actually drying it, I suppose, and I don't think the oil removes anything. Sounds like a yummy recipe.

wayside wanderer said...

Whoa, that is a lot of mud. It is such an interesting color compared to the mud here in Tx. I enjoy seeing the different scenery, flowers and birds you have. I also hope you are feeling better!

Firefly said...

Lovely flowers! I'd love to visit Northern CA someday. I don't know if I'd ever get tired of wet weather as we have so much sun and heat here that I often long for the gentility of rainy cool days.
Blessings,
G

Pom Pom said...

Hi Gretchen Joanna! We've had WIND! Bill calls these days Mary Poppins Days. Your photos are beautiful and I love your muddy shoes. I hope you feel better soon.

The dB family said...

I hope you're feeling better soon! Your photos made the muddy shoes worth it I'm sure!

Blessings!
Deborah