So we had endless days of rain and then Tropical Storm Andrea finished us off flooding my street - that's not a canal in the background it's the street into my driveway. I knew something was coming when a huge black racer was casually hanging up on the dry, mulched patch of garden we have turned into a rose garden. They never come up that close to the house. When you have wildlife in your backyard whose movements you observe and take note of, the weather forecast is usually two days behind.
And here's a view of my side yard. Did you know that mature trees absorb 60% of groundwater? Now this is a fully fledged mature tree yard. Neighbors that clear cut their back yards now have 'ponds' they could put bass in and fish out of right now. 7 days later and we are still drying out. The owls and hawks however love the little tadpoles and frogs that have taken up residency.
The heat and humidity have affected my tomatoes, watermelons and squash plants. The hot peppers however are continuing to thrive. The butterfly garden just loves the rain, as do the rain lillies.
So apart from the endless trilling of the frogs, the somewhat swampy odor of the standing water, and our favorite 'standing water' visitor 'the dreaded mosquito' all is well, just don't get me started on our internet (NOT) provider over the last 2 weeks.