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.


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 @ her homeworld 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!