“Too Much of a Good Thing”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
For weeks now, I have been lamenting the lack of rain and high summer temperatures – 100+ degrees. June was a horrific month. Well, of course, the old saying “Be careful what you wish for” has come true for us. Last Thursday, we had a terrible thunderstorm come through, and even though it brought much needed rain, it also included 70 mph wind gusts which knocked our electricity out for fourteen hours. We have also had downpours on this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It is predicted for one more day of rain and then back to hot, dry weather.
Needless to say, with over four inches of rain in such a short time, every thing is waterlogged. We have puddles in the yard now that will take a day or two to dry out. There is a big one by our oak tree.
The circle garden is soaked. This area has slightly raised beds, and so the rainwater has accumulated along all of the edges. I know these plants needed a good soaking, but this is ridiculous. It is a good thing the beds are raised because now there is standing water twelve hours after it rains. I wish I could send some of our excess rain to Texas where it is really needed right now.
I won’t even talk about all the mosquitoes that have shown up in just a few days of rain. Those annoying creatures must hatch in hours not days. I couldn’t believe how they were swarming around me this morning as I was trying to take a few photos.
It has been rather nice not having to drag the hose around watering all the container plants and borders ( I rarely if ever water the lawn). The cooler temperatures that the rain showers and cloudy weather brings are also welcomed and will be missed I am sure in just a few days when the sun is beating down again. But, I won’t miss the squishy lawn and the puddles that seem to be everywhere. We need to dry out.