The weather man has been teasing us with the chance of rain, to the point where we had given up believing that it was possible.
So when I woke this morning, I mistakenly assumed the sound I heard was the air conditioner running. It wasn't until I head the rumble of thunder that I realized that was RAIN I heard, falling on the roof, and running down the downspouts!
So what does a rain-starved gardener do when it rains? She runs out into the garden, barefoot in her pajamas, and starts snapping photos!
I don't have a macro lens, so I wasn't able to get a super close up shot of a raindrop, and this photo of raindrops on the star jasmine is as close as I could get. I like the effect.
At the end of a long, hot summer, the Rose of Sharon, here surrounded by milkweed, is putting on another show of blooms.
The vitex is still blooming too. The Sam Houston peach (front left) and the River Birch (front right) are hanging in and hopefully will show some more growth in the spring.
Look at this! The rain barrel had been completely empty and after one little rain shower - it's FULL!!
Now if Eric and I can only be sure to turn the spigot completely OFF when we use it next, it won't empty overnight again.
Looking closely at the Southern Wax Myrtle, I noticed it was covered in berries. No wonder it's such a favorite with the birds!
Speaking of birds - most of the hummingbirds have moved on, but I noticed there was one still around and I put up a fresh feeder. This morning I saw two out there, playing in the rain and enjoying the feeder.
I'll miss them when they too move on.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.