Friday, July 20, 2012

Rain!

White meadow rue (Thalictrum pubescens) in our Back Woodland with raindrops
White meadow rue (Thalictrum pubescens) in our Back Woodland with raindrops.
We finally had rain yesterday, which all of the flowers and foliage have been yearning for weeks, not to mention the gardeners. It started with a cloud burst and ended with a nice slow rain for the rest of the day well into the evening. Here are a few wet scenes after our downpour in the afternoon...
Hosta, a Christmas fern and Brunnera 'Jack Frost' around a maple on the Shade Path.
Hosta, a Christmas fern and Brunnera 'Jack Frost' around a maple on the Shade Path.
Little puddles here and there on the patio.
Little puddles here and there on the patio.
Rain drops on the waxy Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) foliage.
Rain drops on the waxy Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) foliage.
Rain on rose foliage in front of the dwarf grass, Miscanthus 'Dixieland' in our Driveway Garden.
Rain on rose foliage in front of the dwarf grass, Miscanthus 'Dixieland' in our Driveway Garden.
One of the best leaves for catching water drops: the waxy and serrated lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis).
One of the best leaves for catching water drops: the waxy and serrated lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis).
A bee out enjoying the nectar in a Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) after the refreshing summer rain.
A bee out enjoying the nectar in a Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) after the refreshing summer rain.
I hope all of the gardeners and farmers here in the US are blessed with some much needed this weekend!

15 comments:

  1. As your rain arrives, ours finally goes, thank goodness. We have been promised that summer is arriving tomorrow - alleluia! I'm sure your plants are so grateful for your gentle rain, we all need water, but not as much as we have been having!

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    1. Pauline,
      I am glad you all in the UK are getting a break from the rain! Most summers, it is like that here as well. It is nice to see the sun too.
      ~Julie

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  2. Hurray for the rain! Did you get any of those violent thunderstorms that came through Wednesday night? We were on the very northern edge of that system, and got nary a drop. However, this system did bless us. It started raining overnight,and has rained steadily now for a good ten hours! Such a relief it is, for us, and the garden!

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    1. We had the same situation as you with it passing us again (ugh!) and then finally coming on Thurs. It look like there will be more today also, which I am sure the trees and shrubs will appreciate. I am glad eastern PA is getting some rain too now!
      ~Julie

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  3. Julie, I'm glad you had a rain!! Your plants look happy.

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    1. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award,
      Congratulation! See my post http://northern-garden.blogspot.com/2012/07/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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  4. We also had heavy rain earlier this week. I had begun to think it would never rain again - that this is the new normal, as they say. We still have drought, but there is a sense of relief. I really like your Jack Frost with that fern. Nice combination.

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    1. I am glad to hear that it has extended to Chicago also. It is a definitely relief to have a bit of moisture.
      ~Julie

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  5. Good! We sent it your way! Now if we can just keep it going regularly, but not too much so we have floods. Doesn't the rain look beautiful on Lily-of-the-Valley leaves?!

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    1. Beth,
      Yes it does! I love picturing rain drops on glossy leaves. I am glad you all have had rain too.
      ~Julie

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  6. I am wishing but we are 7 inches behind, still hot and are not expected to get rain for at least another month maybe 2...this is really, really bad here. Our rain continues to be pushed S or N of us...we are in some sort of vortex. So glad you received wonderful rain.

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    1. Donna,
      Weather is one of those forces in life that makes us face that we are not really in charge. But I know that Jesus can make it rain. I am going to be praying that you have rain very soon! Thank you for being thankful for the rain I have had.
      ~Julie

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  7. Hello Julie, We had rain, too ... most welcome! I am ready to start blogging again after my break, but thought I would visit a few old friends first. Hope you are well. P. x

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  8. Rain here too. Finally!!! The only problem with it was it was a torrential downpour for about one hour, that came down so hard, it really flattened blooming plants. I was still grateful that it came down though. Your garden plants look very well refreshed and make nice images.

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