We are drowning in Northern California. It has not stopped raining for more than a day at a time since early October. Now if we were in Ireland, this would be so completely normal. But, here in Sonoma County our roadways are falling apart, roadways are sliding down hills, and there are quite a few roads that won’t open for quite a while. Here along the Northern Coast of California, we are used to cold, rainy, wet months. This year we broke records, we had one of the wettest October’s since 1921. The rain has just not abated. These past two summers we had severe fires which caused so much devastation and evacuations. This winter, the evacuations and devastation has continued from the deluge of water we have received. Be careful what you wish for……..
We are having to release water from reservoirs and just maybe Shasta Damn will finally fill after years of drought. The snow pack is phenomenal this year, which all leads to more water as spring melt offs start. As with most things, there is some good with some bad. Right now I would like to seek out the positive. Spring showers bring May flowers as the saying goes.
The first flower to bloom for us is the Hellebore, or Lenten Rose. The daffodil is not very far behind most years. The sun parted the clouds just in time for me to take a picture! Then it was gone again.
This year we have an early bloomer, I am not sure if this is due to the water table or the fact that it has slowly crept out into the full sun. I am of the mind that it is a combination of both factors. In Ireland, they had been at the end of their bloom in early May. So, I guess they could be right on time, lol.
It’s the wonderful Honeybush! Our plants are just loaded with blooms this year. It is truly a stunning bloom. Here take a look…..
A beautiful burgundy pink flower. I can’t quite let myself cut one for the house, they are so beautiful where they are. Just what the doctor ordered, serene beauty to soothe what ails you! Being that I can’t decide which season I love best, Fall or Spring, I will soak up every blooming event that transpires through out this season. They are just starting and I won’t want to miss a moment.
Something to look forward to everyday…… Cyn