It rained and it rained. yesterday, the last day of September, we logged (we waterlogged) 4" in the rain gauge. There was a pause and then, in the night, the rains came through again. This morning we had 3.5" more in the gauge. All together, from the very onset of this weather system, we're up 8". Hurray for the cosy new roof!! We were snug as bugs during the storm.
There are roads closed all around us, we are actually marooned on the farm. Water has flooded the Pungo Ferry Bridge Road, Blackwater Road, Indian Creek Road and pretty much every access road out. Amazingly, none of our roadside ditches are full. Just how dry was the ground here? This has been a wind-driven, tidal flood.... the ground has little standing water.
It is the kiss of autumn, however. The air is now cool and the sky is gray. We have gone from muggy to chilly overnight. All the plants I was hanging onto colllapsed overnight. Zinnias, flat. Tomatoes, a mess. Echinacea and coneflowers? Don't ask - all those long black seed heads are flattened all over the garden. So much for the little finches who have enjoyed munching every seed remaining in those old flower heads.
Sentimentality over the end of the summer season is gone. I am now prepared to head out in the lovely fall weather promised for this weekend to tear out wet, nasty flower beds and everything else I can lay my hands on.
Let there be tidy ground!!!