April 11th, 2018



We got our evening rain right on schedule. Everything else is totally off schedule. There's a rumor that spring might re-arrive sometime around April 20, but I'm not making any bets on it. But at least we're going to get a couple of dry nights during which I might get to smell the Dame's Rocket that has bloomed in my back yard.

These plants (four of them) popped up last spring, but nothing ever came of them. I had no idea what they were, but a few days ago I noticed that they had grown long stalks with little purple flowers on them. I still didn't know what hey were, but now I had enough to go on to do a Googling, and it turns out they are Dame's Rocket, a bi-annual plant that blooms in its second year.

When I smelled an exotic perfume in the back yard a couple of nights ago (before the rain) I had no idea what it was, but it turns out that it was the Dame's Rocket. I'm looking forward to getting a whiff of it again, now that I know what it is, but I'll have to wait until the rain is gone. The scent should be even stronger if we ever get any warm evenings again. I'm looking forward to that, too.

Tonight its just damp and smells like wet grass and pine trees. The rain has moved on to the east, though there might be a bit more later. Tomorrow should be dry, but chilly. What will happen after that is anybody's guess, but I'm not making one. Predicting anything seems like hubris anymore.