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.
Native perennials are the preferred plants for rain gardens, and we included flowering perennials.
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.
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!
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.
Some of the plants died back as fall progressed into winter.
In the first couple months of the new year, the garden had to deal with rain, ice, and snow.
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.
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!