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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rain! Glorious Rain!

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.


Lancashire rose said...

Have you ever seen such an excited bunch of gardeners. I woke up at 5 and checked around to make sure all was draining well outside. Went back to bed but never to sleep. Got up at 6 and couldn't wait to check the rain gauge. It had to wait until the rain stopped. Your grass looks pretty good despite and yippee for the full rain barrel.

Nancy Bee's Garden said...

I can hear the plants laughing!

Jayne said...

I'm laughing too, Nancy Bee! I need to get a rain gauge, Lancashire Rose. It's been raining steadily all day. It would be interesting to know how much we get.

Dorothy/Gardening with Nature said...

Wonderful pictures! I don't know when I've enjoyed a day as much as this. Rain changes everything.

George said...

Hi Jayne,So glad you haveat last had some rain,the garden still looks beautiful in spite of the drought.We have been enjoying an Indian summer but we have had rain overnight so that the rain barrel is full,now Mum can water her tubs and hanging baskets without dragging the hosepipe out.looking forward to seeing it all when we visit in November.Dad

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Jayne, And to think I've been complaining about too much rain here in PA. Love your picture of the water barrel filling up. P. x