We've had some lovely weather this week, and I've been doing some tidy up in the garden - pulling out the finished zinnias, trying my hardest to get rid of the bermuda grass and nutsedge. This resulted in two rather empty island beds, so I headed to Plants for All Seasons to get some winter color.
These little violas will last from now until spring and will brighten an otherwise drab garden through the winter.
They spread a bit, so I spaced them out and had enough for both island beds, the containers by the bird bath and the raised bed by the trellis on the back wall.
Skip forward to this morning and I awoke to hear the drumming of rain on the roof and the sounds of the water barrel overflowing.
As always happens when we get a heavy rain, the garden flooded. We keep meaning to get something done about it, but the water usually drains after an hour or so, provided it stops raining.
But what's that I see behind the bird bath?
Yes, the Angel Trumpet that offered one bloom after a rain storm at the end of October (see my post here) is literally covered in blooms!
Now the rain has passed and the sun is shining again. Here's a photo of the Angel Trumpet in the afternoon sunshine.
It's bright and sunny outside, but very blowy, so I hope this doesn't get blown over. That would be a disaster!
I noticed earlier when I was re-positioning it to make it more stable on the sodden earth, that the pot is starting to crack so I'll need to replant it eventually. I'd like to find somewhere to put it in the ground, but everywhere seems to be a battle of roots. I'll have to give it some thought and decide where would be the best place for it.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.