The Rain Garden Update — One Year Old

For those of you new to the blog: a year ago, Jacksonville Presbyterian Church planted a rain garden to help control a water run-off problem. I wrote about this in Rain Gardens, and in a follow-up post, The Rain Garden — Two Month Update.

August 27

August 27

Native perennials are the preferred plants for rain gardens, and we included flowering perennials.

September 8, after a drenching rain

September 8, the rain garden overflows

With all the rain we had in the fall, the rain garden had a real test. While the water flowed into the rain garden as we hoped, the garden could not hold the volume of rain we received.

September 11, the rain garden drying out

September 18, completely dry

Instead of soaking into the ground within a day, it took days to absorb the water. Luckily, the water disappeared before the hatching mosquito larvae developed into mosquitoes!

September 29

November 6

The rain garden worked but was not big enough, which we knew when we constructed it. Since the garden did collect the run-off as we’d hoped, we began considering enlarging it in the spring.

December 4

December 9, the garden overflows after another drenching rain

Some of the plants died back as fall progressed into winter.

January 15

January 22








In the first couple months of the new year, the garden had to deal with rain, ice, and snow.

January 30

February 12

Although we didn’t have as much snow as the previous two years, in which we had record amounts, we had much more precipitation than normal for the first two months of the year.

May 6

May 6

As winter turned to spring, the rain garden began growing again. Unfortunately, not of all the plants survived the winter, so we knew as we made plans to put in an additional rain garden that we would also have to replant part of the original garden. Still, the rain garden is functioning as we’d hoped, and we have high hopes for the additional garden!

Look for a report on the new garden soon!



About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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