I believe that El Nino has finally reached Austin and it is bringing all the rain. we had 1.25" last night and then probably about another 3" today. I have to use my highly non-scientific method of measuring the depth of water in one of the buckets outside and then subtracting the amount of rain that was in it before it started raining...or rather how much water I thought there was before the storm this afternoon.
One thing is for sure, certain areas of the yard become ponds and rivers during downpours. One area is the "lower garden"--This area currently has rain lilies, a turk's cap, horse herb that I never planted, and one little Esperanza plant I got from Bob at Draco Gardens last weekend. The whole area along the line between our property and the neighbors to the south becomes a river. Since this area is close to the house, I would much prefer to turn it into a rain garden with some sort of French Drain system--especially since it was probably 2" deep against the foundation of the house and 3" of rain isn't a 100-year storm (10" is though). The other area that ponds is just below the dry pond area, which we can always just expand a little.
So much work...sigh...eventually we'll get it done.