[ENG/ESP] Rain

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I have recently talked to you about how the lack of water and the extremely high temperatures (42 ºC on average, but it can go up 3 or 4 degrees more), have negatively affected my plants. The problem of access to water is something recurrent, which unfortunately detracts vitality to my crops, and creates an environment conducive to the emergence of summer pests, such as aphids, suckers, ants, leafminers, and even the unwanted and terrible cottony mealybug (Planococcus citri). It has been almost 6 months of drought with very sporadic drizzles, which in due time, have given some relief to the battered soil and thirsty plants, because there is no better water than that which falls from the sky.
Les he hablado recientemente de cómo la falta de agua y las temperaturas extremadamente altas (42 ºC en promedio, pero puede subir unos 3 o 4 grados más), han afectado negativamente a mis plantas. El problema del acceso al recurso hídrico es algo recurrente, que lamentablemente resta vitalidad a mis cultivos, y crea un ambiente propicio para el surgimiento de plagas propias del verano, como son los áfidos, los chupones, las hormigas, los minadores de las hojas, e incluso la indeseada y terrible cochinilla algodosa (Planococcus citri). Han sido casi 6 meses de sequía con muy esporádicas lloviznas, que en su debido momento, han dado algo de alivio a la tierra maltrecha y a las plantas sedientas, pues no hay agua mejor que la que cae del cielo.

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In my backyard there is a lot of life. In other posts I have told you about some of the species that pass through here, such as bees (of many types), iguanas, morrocoyes (turtles), opossums, birds, skunks, cats, various insects, among others; and being so, I make sure that they have a container with water so that everyone can cool off, bathe and drink. This is easy and achievable, but I do not always have at least 500 -1000 liters of water every three days to water the plants, which is why this year they have suffered a lot; that is why, when the first rain that heralds the winter season fell, which was not rain in the strict sense of the word, but rather a brief drizzle, I was very happy. This happened exactly one week ago: April 27, 2022; and on Friday 29, a torrential downpour fell at night; however, these photos that I took in celebration correspond to the 27th, when this blessing fell at noon.
En mi solar hay mucha vida. En otros posts les he hablado de algunas de las especies que transitan por aquí, como son las abejas, (de muchos tipos), las iguanas, morrocoyes (tortugas), zarigüeyas, pájaros, zorrillos, gatos, insectos variados, entre otros; y siendo así, me preocupo que tengan un recipiente con agua para que todos puedan refrescarse, bañarse y beber. Esto es fácil y alcanzable, pero no siempre dispongo de al menos 500 -1000 litros de agua cada tres días para regar las plantas, razón por la cual este año han sufrido mucho; por eso, cuando cayó la primera lluvia que anuncia la temporada de invierno, la cual no fue lluvia en el sentido estricto de la palabra, sino más bien una breve llovizna, me alegré mucho. Esto pasó hace exactamente una semana: el 27 de abril 2022; y el día viernes 29 cayó un torrencial aguacero en la noche; sin embargo, estas fotos que tomé a modo celebración, corresponden al 27, cuando en horas del mediodía cayó esta bendición.

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As you can see, the rain cooled the leaves and branches of many of the plants, such as the lemon tree (Citrus limon), the guayacán (Guaiacum officinale), the topochos or bananas, (Musa paradisiaca L., which correspond to the Musa ABB group. C), star cherries (Phyllanthus acidus), papaya plant (Carica papaya), clovers (Trifolium); but others that came out very quickly thanks to the rain were the morrocoyes (land turtles), whose scientific name is Chelonoidis carbonaria, who came out at an unusual hour, since at noon they take shelter of the sun in the bushes and shadows; moreover, in periods of drought or summer, they usually enter a period of hibernation that can last up to 5 months, reducing their operation to a minimum and sheltering in a cool place, for which they generally bury themselves in the leaf litter or surface way on earth. As soon as the rain is perceived, they go outside to drink some of the vital liquid, eat and cool off. Here we can see some relatives of Mr. Morrocoy and himself welcoming the rain.
Como pueden observar, la lluvia refrescó las hojas y ramas de muchas de las plantas, como el limonero (Citrus limón), el guayacán (Guaiacum officinale), los topochos o bananas, (Musa paradisiaca L., que corresponden al grupo Musa ABB. C), las cerezas estrelladas (Phyllanthus acidus), la planta de papaya (Carica papaya), los tréboles (Trifolium); pero otros que salieron muy rápido gracias a la lluvia, fueron los morrocoyes (tortugas de tierra), cuyo nombre científico es Chelonoidis carbonaria, quienes salieron a una hora inusual, ya que al mediodía se resguardan del sol en los matorrales y sombras; es más, en período de sequía o verano, suelen entrar en un período de hibernación que puede durar hasta 5 meses, disminuyendo su metabolismo al mínimo y resguardándose en un sitio fresco, por lo cual, por lo general se entierran en la hojarasca o de manera superficial en la tierra. Apenas perciben lluvia, salen al exterior, para beber algo del vital líquido, comer y refrescarse. Aquí podemos ver algunos familiares del Sr. Morrocoy y él mismo dando la bienvenida a la lluvia.

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Here I end my post today, which I do in celebration of the arrival of the rainy season, or as it is said here, of winter, with the hope that the water from the sky falls gently and constantly, just as it was in the year 2019, when it rained kindly every other day, and then, when the season was over, once every five days, and it stayed like that for several months, which was great for my crops.

Aquí termino mi post de hoy, el cual hago en celebración al la llegada de la temporada de lluvias, o como se dice aquí, del invierno, con la esperanza que el agua del cielo caiga de forma gentil y constante, tal como fue en el año 2019, cuando llovía amablemente un día sí y un día no, y luego, cuando ya finalizaba la temporada, una vez cada cinco días, y así estuvo por varios meses, lo cual fue genial para mis cultivos.

Image sources

  • These photos are my own, and were taken with a Xiomi REDMI 8 A phone

  • The dividers used are courtesy of @eve66 who shares beautiful designs that embellish the layout of our post.

  • In case it is required to use the content or images of this post and of my other publications, I would appreciate if you could refer to my authorship (Fabiola Martínez) and cite the corresponding link. Thanks.

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Aww, the tortoises are so cute!

We've been getting the wonderful winter rains to quench the land too. I even put the woodburner and have long sleeves on these last two days! When everything turns to mid and we get no break from rain for weeks on end, then I'll probably be less exuberant, but I'm loving it at the moment.

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Hahahaha, hello @minismallholding! thanks for coming to visit me. Right now I am very happy, because the rain has fallen at night, and in a very gentle way, and it has done so alternately, every two days, so the plants drink, the earth retains more moisture, which is very good, especially since the cherry trees are blooming, and so the land is also good for planting the cassava. I hope the rain doesn't overwhelm you. Receive a big hug.

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Here rain is rarely gentle. It's either not really anything, or coming down full pelt in an attempt to wash everything away! 😆 So far it's been kind enough to take breaks, so we don't get overwhelmed. Hopefully it continues this way.

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Very well, water is an essential need of vegetations. Also here, rain fell some days ago for the first time in months. And you'd see how spontaneous your plants will grow.. weed too though. I see you've got a tortoise there, its looking cute 😁

Concerning your pictures @sirenahippie , you did well. They are quite clear and dope, of course, its a Redmi 8! 🙌😀

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Hello @temibot! Thanks for stopping by to visit me in my backyard. Yes, the rain is wonderful after a long summer, the plants are already beautiful, the cherry trees are in full bloom, the musaceae are recovering a bit, and I have no problem with the grass, because at home there is not a single turtle, there are approximately 30, including the pups, so they help keep the weed under control. I also cut it and give it to my neighbor's sheep, who always accept this gift, hahahaha. Thank you very much for the comment, and yes, the phone has turned out very well, it takes excellent photos. A hug.

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Oh dear @sirenahippie! I'm sorry that you are also having weather affect your plants. Too much rain. Not enough. Inconsistent weather patterns all affect the health of our lovely gardens.

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Hello @buckaroobaby! thanks for coming to visit me. Right now the rains are starting, before it was an extreme drought, and the worst thing is that I haven't had a water supply for 8 or 9 years, (this is a product of the destruction of public services), so I buy the water, but sometimes it is insufficient for you to water the entire backyard and inner garden. I hope that these rains are gentle and calm, until now they have been like this, it has rained for two days very calmly and my plants are already turning green. A big hug

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Plants, and basically all creatures need some rain once in a while.
Great post @sirenahippie 😁 love the tortoises 🐢
Congrats on the ocd feature 🥳

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Hello @littlebee4! thanks for your visit on my blog. Yes, water is certainly essential for life on this planet. Without water, the expression of life is very little, that is why I am so super happy with the arrival of the rains.

I am no longer working for OCD, but I am very grateful for the support received from them. Greetings.

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Hello @sirenahippie 👋🏻
Yes, water is one of the most important things for life on earth.

Didn’t know you worked for them, I followed their post which featured your post in it as mine was featured too and had a look here 😉 still a newbie getting around a bit… wanted to support all the other selected posts 😎
Have a wonderful weekend further 👋🏻☀️

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Oh that's good! Thank you very much, it is beautiful that you comment on the other posts of the colleagues included in the compilations.

Yes, I have been working with them, but not anymore.

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday. Greetings.

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Thank you so much @sirenahippie 😊 happy to engage and support others.
So far it is a great day. Have a wonderful Sunday too and great start of the new week!

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