On most April days, you will find me in the garden.  Okay, I don’t necessarily work in my garden on every April day, but I pause to look at my vegetable garden when I let the dogs outside or sometimes I see if there are any new rose buds on my Abraham Darby or Graham Thomas rose bushes.

But not today.  I didn’t even let the dogs outside…..my husband did.  But if you are thinking that I must be quite lazy, I must tell you that I did go to the gym this morning 🙂

Today, the rain is softly falling, which is quite unlike the torrential rains that we experience in the summer….. 

Heavy Summer Rainfall

On days like today, I love how the raindrops give my plants another type of beauty….
Raindrops pool in the center of Nasturtium leaves in my vegetable garden.
Have you ever wondered why raindrops coat some types of plants differently?
Tiny raindrops cover the leaves of my Cascalote tree.
The colorful brachts (the colorful part) of my Bougainvillea shrub are covered in raindrops.  You can just barely see the tiny cream-colored Bougainvillea flower starting to peak out. 

The colorful brachts of Bougainvillea look especially beautiful.
Now, most desert dwellers will tell you that they enjoy rainy days, especially since we do not get too many of them. 
Raindrops cover the long leaves of Agave desmettiana.
All too soon the rain storms will cease until our summer monsoon season starts in July.  For me, it is an excuse to stay indoors and bake something.  
I think oatmeal chocolate chip cookies sound good, don’t you?
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

9 replies
  1. Jenni
    Jenni says:

    Due to our current rainy and chilly weather, I've found myself baking more too! Chocolate Chip was on the menu yesterday 🙂 Enjoy your rain showers, I imagine it makes the earth smell good.

  2. Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ
    Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ says:

    I spent yesterday morning at the Desert Botanical Garden taking photos. There were no shadows to contend with and no people around either. The rainy day makes the colors so much more vibrant too. My hands froze and I had to balance my umbrella to keep the camera dry, but it was worth it!

  3. Kate/High Altitude Gardening
    Kate/High Altitude Gardening says:

    I'll bet it's a nice break to enjoy the sound of raindrops in your desert area. I'm always grateful for a rainy day so I can catch up on indoor projects, as well.

    Of course, now you've got me longing for some fresh-baked cookies…

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