Well, it finally happened. After previous rain storms passed us by, we finally got one of our own. In the past 24 hours it has rained about 3 1/2 inches at my house. That is very exciting on its own. However, this rain came in with a storm that spun confirmed tornadoes in Brenham and the Lake Sommerville area. This storm was also accompanied by lots of thunder and lightening. If you believe old wives tales, thunder in January means a freeze in March. We will see. This year has been so strange I would not be surprised at all if a late freeze comes as soon as the spring plantings are up.
Speaking of weird things that have happened this year, here are a few that I have noticed on my own little piece of heaven. First, my peach trees are in bloom! And the funny thing is, this is the second time they have bloomed. Not sure what this will mean for our summer peaches but I can’t imagine it is good. Also, my Cherokee rose has bloomed twice. This rose doesn’t usually bloom until March. I also have a “found” crinum that is about to bloom. This variety usually blooms in May.
In spite of the bad storms that that brought it, I am so thankful for the rain. The tornadoes were a little scarey but at least no one was hurt. This rain was substantial enough that most people’s stock tanks caught water. This is very good news for all of the people that are trying to keep their livestock. Plus, with just a couple of more rains in the next few weeks, they should be assured of a pretty good early hay crop.
Yes, this is a very strange year so far. Everyone seems to have a theory as to why; climate change, La Ninya, the Mayans. I am not sure what is going on, but I am certain I will be able to find some things that will grow for me in spite of it all.