I am in the middle of writing another post but the rain, which began yesterday, continued all night and is still with us, is so exciting that I have to stop and acknowledge its wonderful presence. I don’t know if this rain is enough to break the drought conditions throughout the country but we, my garden and I, are thankful for every precious drop of it.
Whilst we humans must collect water in containers if we want to hold on to it, plants are much more inventive. This native New Zealand plant shimmers with the thousands of rain drops it captures on its bird nest like structure, interwoven with helpful rain catching cobwebs.You can see how much we needed the rain from this photo taken outside my property last week. Grey skies have never been more welcome.
Foot note: When a person is granted New Zealand citizenship, and attends the citizenship ceremony, he/she is given a native New Zealand tree/shrub to take home and plant. In this way, a new citizen can acknowledge the roots they are putting down in their adopted country. The bushy plant in my photograph was given to my daughter when she was granted citizenship. It is drought tolerant but it appreciates, and makes the most of, rain when it comes.