November also usually brings the start of our short rainy season. While we got some drizzle in October, those events barely registered on the rain meter. We got our first "real" rain last week, three quarters of an inch according to my rain meter. That was enough to justify turning off the automatic irrigation system, at least temporarily. It filled my rain barrel too.
|Rain flowing down the rain chain outside the dining room window|
|I caught an unexpected rainbow over the LA harbor at the end of last week's rain|
Another rain event was predicted for Thanksgiving but, unfortunately, that forecast has been rescinded. I fear we may be in for another dry year.
To put myself in a winter mood in spite of warm dry afternoon, I constructed 2 winter-themed pots to stand immediately outside the front door. I can't say that the idea was original - I copied winter scenes created in containers by the staff at Roger's Garden. I even picked up my "trees" there on my brief visit last weekend.
Here's Roger's creation:
And here are mine:
|Pot #1, planted with 'Goodwin Creek' lavender, white cyclamen, Cuphea 'Itsy White', Alyssum 'Snow Crystals', and Senecio cineraria 'Silverdust' (Dusty Miller)|
|Pot #2 with the same plants|
I even gussied up my gargoyle for the winter season with a collection of Magnolia leaves and seedpods gathered from the front lawn:
The gargoyle will get a red satin ribbon around his neck when Christmas gets close and a gnome (or 2) may appear with the pine boughs but, for now, this is it for my winter decorations, unless you count the Christmas cactus I found in full flower in a neglected area of my garden today - it's now on the side patio where it can be properly admired.
|Schlumbergera x buckleyi (aka Christmas Cactus)|
Best wishes to all for a happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy the start of the winter season, no matter how winter is served up in your area.