Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Free Gift From The Clouds

This unexpected storm has continued to gently shower me with rain all day today. I didn't expect to collect much water since it was such a light rain but when I checked the tanks tonight they had collected 500 gallons! Woohoo!


I have plenty of water now and I didn't have to haul it from somewhere else or pay to have it delivered.


They are even predicting that the monsoons this summer will be earlier and wetter than normal. I believe the official start date for the monsoons is July 15th so that is 8 weeks away. Now I have 1,200 gallons of water and I only use around 50 gallons a week. That means I can give my trees lots of water over the next 8 weeks and not worry about not having enough for doing laundry.

When I was checking my water tanks I saw my first Desert Willow blooms from my baby tree.

The flowers can be pink to dark purple. I was hoping for dark purple but these are pretty too.

7 comments:

Over the Cubicle Wall said...

You must have gotten the rain we we supposed to. It has finally stopped raining. This has been a really wet Spring so far.

Nice looking flowers too!

Daizy said...

Rain is a nice break from 100+ temps. You are probably tired of the rain by now. Summer is right around the corner!

Over the Cubicle Wall said...

I love the Summer.

KoBold said...

Now it's clear.
You got our rain delivered. Someone must have really bungled delivery logistics. We had a droughty spring so far, practically no rain for 8 weeks.
We used to say, "Rain in May is worth gold." Truer than ever.

Lizzie said...

A bit of good luck, always welcome. Bet the little trees are releived!
Beautiful bloom. The desert gatden is coming along.

Daizy said...

KoBold, I think Arizonans should adopt that saying too! Rain in May is great! It broke the wettest day in May record since 1920.

Daizy said...

Hi Lizzie, the trees love it. I expect them to quadruple in size now. I want my mesquite tree to give me some shade!