by germinatrix | January 22nd, 2010
When I left for New York, the skies were a typical Southern California blue, and my Aloe bloomspikes were stretching to the sky. My favorite time of year! Aloe blossoms and grasses flowering and crisp winter air and falling leaves. But when I returned, it was to torrential rain that had been going for two days, and has kept going on for two more.
And I mean TORRENTIAL!!! I have a metal roof – one of the reasons I love it is that the sound of our infrequent rain is like a rhythmic lullaby. But for the past two days, the sound has been like a mob of cattle flamenco dancing up there. At times, the downpour is so extreme I am certain the roof is going to collapse. Why is it that nothing in Southern California is ever done by halves? Always the extreme form of whatever is happening – that is what we get. By the time this storm system is over, we will have over 2o” of rain in 6 days. That is more than we get in ONE YEAR!
The last time I looked out at my lovely aloes, I saw that 2 of my spikes were bent over. I’m not sure if the stems are broken, or if they are heavy with saturation and just leaning over. Either way is bad, and since there is one more day of this horrible storm, I have little hope for the Aloe Extravaganza I was anticipating. Not only that, but about an hour ago there was about 10 minutes of hail – tiny, hail the size of Israeli Cous-cous. It is awful stuff for a succulent lover. It pits and scars the firm, tender flesh – and the beautiful smoothness is never recovered. I have epidendrums that are still mangled from hail two years ago! And I can’t even TALK about what hail does to gorgeous leaves of Agave attenuatas. I know I have some pain in store tomorrow.
Just so that you can all be left with images of what Los Angeles is SUPPOSED to look like, why don’t you stop by my friend Loree’s fabulous blog, Danger Garden. She has marvelous pics up from her recent trip to these parts – and these particular ones from Venice, CA are fantastic and make yearn for the sunny, hot, dry skies I have grown so dependent on!
Rain Rain Go Away!