Getting to Know Seattle: Thinking about Rain

Before I discovered my inner gardener, I was perfectly happy with Seattle’s bifurcated climate. We get a lot of rain in the winter, and almost none in the summer — less than many states that have desert areas. One year we didn’t get a drop of rain for 91 days, which was fine with me. Everything green and growing here was parched and bone dry, grass gone dormant and lots of plants wilting badly or dead.

Seattle is an environmentally conscious place, which means you get frowned upon if you water your lawn. Keeping bushes and plants alive is marginally OK.

But I have this lovely green sod that was planted last fall, and a host of spring flowers, and some ornamental flowering bushes. All were bone dry due to our very dry spring, and I was already watering.

On Tuesday we had a gentle, all day sort of rain.  I have to say I was happy to see it, even though it meant walking downtown with a raincoat and umbrella for my mid-day meeting. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Getting to Know Seattle: Thinking about Rain

  1. Rain is a swear word here. The Mississippi River has experienced severe flooding and all barge traffic is held up somewhere down south. predictions are that the river will open up later this week and the barges will soon be able to transport goods again. Locally the river has gone down and the clean up has begun. We are fine as we are well above the river. Getting to and from local sights involves being creative in the route selection to avoid water and increased traffic on those same creative routes.

  2. for Katie: I will absolutely have to water, enduring the glares of passers-by as my sprinkler is on. The raccoons have been gone for some time, but I found some sod turned up this morning at a place alongside the house where the grass has not done well — not enough sun. I think the yard and front are rooted enough so that rolling up the sod is no longer easy. There are 70-90 raccoons per square mile in the city, so Trapper Jon says.

  3. for Joyce: I have read about the rampaging Mississippi, and so glad you and Ray are high enough to be safe from flooding.

  4. If need be, resort to stealth watering of your yard – in the middle of the night with a timer!
    Sorry for everyone who is dealing with floods or drought.

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