Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Monday, July 13, 2009

Soggy Monday

Unless the rain lets up , there will not be too much done outdoors today. We really, really needed the rain as it was so dry here. We are now happy to see our pasture which was bone dry, dampened down and no longer in danger of being set on fire by a cigarette thrown from a passing vehicle. It never fails to surprise me how stupid some people are when it comes to throwing a cigarette out the window of a vehicle, when the terrain around them is tinder dry, and ripe for a fire.

I am hoping for a break in the rain so I can pick all the peas which are full and sweet. I also need to cut some broccoli, cabbage and other greens for the baby bunny, who is doing well and growing fast.

The front flower garden is getting a good soaking this morning. At 5am I woke up to the sound of rain on the roof, and remembered the automatic sprinkler system was due to come on at 6am, so I slipped on my robe and slippers and went out to shut it off, before returning to snuggle back in my warm bed for another couple of hours.

The clematis is benefiting from a wash in the rain.

This day lily has been in this spot for years, so I do not know it's name.

Japanese blood grass has lovely color and when it fill this pot, I will divide it and plant it in different parts of the garden for a little splash of interest and color.

A pretty vignette.

First dahlia of the season.
I bought a six pack of dahlias three years ago, and have left them in the ground over the winters. The dahlias have come back each spring, and have rewarded me with larger and more blooms each time.

So now I know all the gardens are getting a good soaking today, I can catch up on some of my housework *groan* I am a typical gardener who prefers gardening to housework.


Unknown said...

i too prefer gardening over housework..;)

i love that first picture so very much! we are at the beginning stages of transforming the backyard and it's a job that will take years to say the least...but for my raised beds i have in my mind's eye something very similar to that picture of your's..thanks for sharing!!!! love all the color and yay for the rain! send some this way..hehe

RURAL said...

Ah... housework? What is that during the summer months.

I always thought, and this is truly a fantasy, if I had a big garden, I would have a housekeeper to do the inside, while I worked outside. LOL.


mistaya's M.O.M. said...

Keewee, your garden is looking so beautiful! Your hard work is definitly showing off it's glory now. And I love your new header..nice work girlfriend.

Balisha said...

Hi Keewee,
Your pictures just gave me a good idea. The trellis..tripod...thing in your garden is similar to a white structure that I have in mine. It's plastic and I have had a hard time getting a vine to grow up it. I think it would look nice with a large hosta in the middle of it. Thanks for the idea.

Chloe m said...

Those butts make me worry too.
Cigarette butts I mean. We live in the mountains and it would not take much to burn down our neighborhood, yet idiots still throw out butts and leave campfires burning.
I Love your flowers! You are lucky to get rain for such beauties.

Darla said...

Digging in the dirt instead of sweeping up the dirt is where I would rather be too. In the second photo in the back left, may I ask what is white in the tipsy container? Your gardens look great. We so need some rain around here.

Heather said...

We had rain too and I love to let mother nature water my gardens. Your blooms are great!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Yes, I groan over the thought of doing housework, especially cleaning the kitchen, which never seems to stay clean.

Oh, Keewee! I just came from the link to the bunny. Is that your husband's blog? I started to leave a comment saying that when I catch bunnies, I take them a block away, across a busy street, to let them go in the cemetery that's there. I didn't know if that would hurt his feelings, since he doesn't know me, so I decided to say it here. You are so nice to look after that creature!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I forgot to say I loved that vignette, too.