February 16th, 2015

Flowers at twenty-four weeks

First, the good news. Back in November, I described my window-box begonias as having "failed to take off". I would now describe them as slowly and steadily winning the race. Here are four pictures, taken right after planting and at eight weeks, sixteen weeks, and, as of a couple days ago, twenty-four weeks:

Begonias at planting, August 30 Begonias at eight weeks, October 26

Begonias at sixteen weeks, December 22 Begonias at twenty-four weeks, February 14

I see these flowers every day, and the growth happens too slowly for me to notice day to day or even week to week -- but, looking at these photos, it's clear that there's been a lot of growth since August. So I'm glad I've been taking photos! Also, my phone-tography appears to have improved since August.1

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  1. Admittedly, most of that improvement was the result of getting a new phone in January.
  2. Did you know that there are people on the interwebs who know a lot, and care a lot, about begonias? Of course you did.
  3. Although the rain was impressive, it was no match for years of drought. In fact, my vague understanding is that rain on the coast is pretty unhelpful for alleviating drought, because most of it just runs off into the ocean, whereas what we really need is snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east. Most of the Bay Area's water comes from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which is in Yosemite, 150 miles east of here, and fed by snowmelt from the mountains. So it was actually kind of bad for the drought that we had a lot of coastal rain, because then people could be all, "Well, I guess we don't have to conserve water anymore!", while the reservoir that our water actually comes from was as low as ever.