a lull between rainstorms

Two storms this week, unusual for April. February is usually our wettest month.
The first storm arrived around midnight Tuesday, the other is due later tonight.
Just before the first storm, leaves were swept, tables and chairs straightened.
Later that night I fell asleep to the sound of rain drumming on these tables, a deeply satisfying “sleep song.”


Anticipating the rain on Tuesday, I celebrated with a late-afternoon trip to a couple nurseries.
(Aloe capitata var. quartzicola.)


Yes, I’m silly in love with rain, but I’m not the only one.

By Langston Hughes

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—

And I love the rain.

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8 Responses to a lull between rainstorms

  1. Kaveh says:

    Love that Aloe. And after such a dry winter this wet spring is very welcome. I haven’t had to water for weeks now.

  2. Where oh where did you find that Aloe??? I’ve been hunting for one for years…

  3. Scott says:

    So glad you are getting some much-needed rain! Even though we’ve had a wet few months lately, I find myself missing the rain again, even after only a few sunny days.

  4. Denise says:

    Kaveh, it really has the most incredible plummy color to its leaves. That’s great that your new garden is getting the rain it needs.
    Loree, there’s no grower’s tag on it but I found it at the Village Nursery in Huntington Beach. I’ve never seen it offered for sale before. (There were three more in gallons…say the word — but shipping is on you!)
    Scott, we’re still below average but the timing of the storms has been pretty good this winter/spring. Nice to have the rain barrels full again!

  5. Denise,

    Loree just told me that you found a Aloe capitata var. quartzicola for her. I just bought one yesterday at the Ruth Bancroft Garden spring plant sale. One of my most wanted (and loved) aloe! What coincidence :-).


  6. I love hearing that people LIKE the sound of rain. I have too many years of negative conditioning to enjoy it now after years of leaky basements and windows, I’m afraid. Funny to think of someone shopping for an ALOE in anticipation of rain – the difference in our climates made manifest!

  7. JM Mericle says:

    Lovely song; never heard that one before. The rain gods must have been pleased, because that haven’t let up since this post! Fortunately I love it too =)
    PS: Beautiful table and chairs!

  8. Denise says:

    Gerhard, so you found one too! Funny, that they’re appearing this spring…
    Jane, you have no idea how much I LIKE the sound (ask Loree about a pup of the A. capitata — if you’re in need of one, it’s available.)
    J, you’re an expert by now in the various moods of rain, chasing all manner of weather, monsoon, volcano flows!

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