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I’m Happy When It Rains

So this video doesn’t have much garden or stone content (I can’t picture the Jesus and Mary Chain pruning a shrubbery), but my motto this spring is that ‘I’m Happy When It Rains.’ I don’t know any of the lyrics other than the title and I’m sure the singer is really singing about a girl instead of precipitation, but I think of this song every time it rains. Partly because I can’t work when it rains (sort of a good thing, sort of a bad thing), but also of course because rain is good for the plants. Even when it messes with my schedule, it gives me a chance to catch up on office work, billing, banking, blogging, and all of the other things I can’t do while I’m on site in someone’s yard. Tuesday seemed like an unusually heavy rain for this late in the month, .32 inches in one day, and today has been even heavier. Historically, Richmond averages .54 inches in May; we’ve had .63 so far, which isn’t so high, but today will take us well past 150% of normal. I know someone whose birthday was on Tuesday, and she says it had never rained on her birthday in fifty years of living in California.

May 27

The Streets of Richmond on May 27?!!

3 Responses to “I’m Happy When It Rains”

  1. May 28th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    A Deacon's Wife says:

    If nothing else, the weather lately has been remarkable. I’ve been complaining about the rain, but your post reminded me…I’m usually happy when it rains too. Now that I think about it, it’s the low temperatures that are troubling me (and my baby vegetables), not the rain. Thanks for helping me figure that out!

  2. May 28th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    ryan says:

    I can’t think of any song that says ‘I’m Happy When It’s Cold.’ Some of the plants here have their best years when we have cold weather, but I don’t see quite as much upside as with rain. Rain definitely has an upside, even when it complicates things.

  3. June 21st, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » PlantSF says:

    […] gets overloaded, dumping dirty runoff and raw sewage into the bay. Richmond has the same problem, clearly visible every time it rains. The solution is to replace the concrete with surfaces that allow stormwater to […]

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