It’s raining in Tucson again! These are the winter rains, which typically yield a very different pool of germinating seedlings. Since I am focusing on the summer community, I am not counting the seedlings, but looking forward to checking in on what the plots look like during the other part of the year. If these rains keep up until January when La Nina effects kick in, the rumor goes among ecologists, we could have a particularly spectacular spring wildflower crop. I wonder if the soil chemistry, or remaining vegetation structure of dead annuals, will affect my summer germination next year?