posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 06:14 PM
I am not sure (without Googling, anyway) what the growth region is for the Purple Sage. In my hometown it is a staple of xeriascape shrubbery. I
have a couple I put in my backyard, to round out the red yucca, lantana, golden trumpets, and birds of paradise trees. It is a wonderful perennial
garden with lots of show, and zero maintenance (yet, anyway) outside winding the vines up into the lattice to help control them and improve
I had noticed that the sage were starting to bloom on Thursday. It is possible that it started earlier, but I noticed on Thursday. I just knew it
would rain soon, which has been a fairly frequent blessing lately (and welcomed, after our 5 year long drought).
Today while driving around doing work related errands, the bright purple was distracting. The amount of bushes in bloom was crazy, and the amount of
bloom on each one was even crazier. Stark and vivid purple, you couldn't see the light green leaves at all.
The "old timers" will say that when you first see the Rainbush start to bloom, it will rain in 4-7 days.
About 5pm the clouds opened today. My business had rainwater jump the curb and run into the front doors. Not a huge deal, we are insured (everyone
thinks your crazy to get flood insurance in the desert....suckers), and the damage is minimal enough a claim won't be filed.
But it was nice to see this somewhat extinct knowledge (others in my office didn't know about the Purple Sage being called "The Rainbush) by the old
timers) being proven true once again.
and, of course, a picture for the "link-clicking challenged"
edit on 29-7-2013 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)