Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Heavy Rains Bring Flooding

By first light the waters were already receding.  Earlier flood waters ran over the pool leaving behind a muddy mess.

Looking back to my garden and greenhouse, the bridge and drainage creek, which are normally visible, are under water.

In Texas, flood waters can recede very quickly.  This picture was taken in the afternoon, a mere 8 hours later.

Bark mulch and leaves washed up onto plants.  Some plants were completely covered and had to be dug out.


The debris was surprising light weight and easy to remove.  There's a lot of debris though, so I mainly focused uncovering the little plants like these burgundy, purple sweet alyssum.


I'll close with these interesting before and after pictures showing an area that I had freshly mulched.  I like to recycle cardboard and newspaper as weed block.  Since the area was just recently completed, the mulch had not settled.  As a result, the mulch, newspaper and cardboard washed away. 

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  1. Ouch. All that mulch - that's a lot of work quickly undone.
    Cindy S.

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    1. What's ironic is it took just a few hours to undo two weekends work. It will probably take 3 weekends to clean it up :)

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  2. It's feast or famine here, right?
    Sorry you had all that mess. It did come down really hard and fast.

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    1. Feast or famine... isn't that the truth. Texas weather is never boring that's the for sure.

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  3. Gosh, what a bummer. In some ways though, especially with the new area, the flooding can help you decide what you'll need to plant, and where, in order to have better flood control for when this happens again. And, rest assured, given our propensity for flash floods, it will happen again! Good luck with the clean up!

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    1. This flood has definitely got me thinking about plans for the future in this new garden space. You're right, it will probably happen again. Hopefully, next time I'll be prepared.

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