I told everyone how much rain we'd been having. I was afraid I sounded like a broken record, going on endlessly about it but now I'm convinced how bad it's been.
On the Vancouver main TV news station, one of the main stories was about a couple of homes that slid down into a ravine right here in my small town!
I had no idea! So I checked on our map where it happened & it's only a few blocks from where I live. These are much older homes (as North American homes go) - maybe 50 years old - & there's been no recent developments or construction going on in that area that would de-stabilize the ground. It's all a result of our unusually heavy rains.
Mission is a very hilly town, full of small creeks & streams coming off from the higher elevation to the north (mountains) & is protected for salmon runs to reach their spawning grounds. So no development goes on in those protected areas & these homes were nearby. As a result, 2 homes are completely gone & another 6 have been evacuated due to instability. We're safe here as our home is on more rocky outcroppings & while it slopes, no ravines or creeks are very close.
Summer looks foreboding too with a possibility of those horrid flood mosquitoes that bite hard.
I will have to have lots of catnip spray handy to stave them off. If I spray that much on me, I may need to stave off the neighbourhood cats too who already regard me as their friend & visit me regularly while I garden. I'll be even more attractive to them.
Yesterday, I was supposed to take lots of photos but when I got outside, I noticed a few things that needed work. But when I did a little, all my plants started waving their tired brown fronds at me, saying "Come care for us, Judy! We need help too!"
And before I knew it, it was evening & time to go in & get some supper. I'm heading out there again as I barely accomplished a fraction of the work needed.
Sadly, many plants did not make it through the winter. My beautiful Hebe shrub is dead, dead, DEAD.
Many more have been damaged or killed too. Have to wait & see if any show signs of greening up later.
So, let's hear from others if the our changing climate has made things difficult or maybe even better for you & your plants.