The rain is back. After a long stretch of sunny weather, we've got a feeling of winter here again. And while I really, really enjoyed sitting in the sun, it is comforting to have a little rain again. The plants need it. And I need a break from the plants. Specifically, the weeds.
We've got a nasty weed in the Bay Area called Cape oxalis. From the first rain in the fall through early spring, this weed and I go head-to-head. I am rarely the victor. This year, I even tried mulching a section of my garden with cardboard. When I pulled back the cardboard this weekend to begin planting seeds, there was the oxalis. It looked like an albino version of the plant, but still, it had grown. Without any sunlight.
In the midst of my weeding frenzy, I came across this article about enjoying your garden in the winter. It talks about selecting plants for their shape and texture, so they can be admired even when they aren't flowering. But the sentiment that stuck with me the most, was the need for a quiet phase in the garden. An interval where there's less going on and less chores to tackle.
So today, when the rain came back, it allowed me to sit in my kitchen and look out at the yard and not feel like I should be weeding. Instead, I just enjoyed it. I watch the plum tree blossoms blow to the ground, covering the flagstone and the furniture.
And with all that rain pouring down, I could barely see the oxalis.
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.