Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's a Rainy Day, It's a Rainy (Garden Blogger Bloom) Day

Everything looks different when it rains!

Rosa 'Flower Girl' pinks up after a summer of white blooms...

Passiflora sanguinolenta perks up as does...

Aster frikartii 'Monch',


and strawberries.

Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn' has recovered from a major pruning a few months ago and is once again making the resident hummingbirds happy.

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'  balances some of those precious raindrops on each floret. 

I am hoping for more rain and more blooms as we finally head (hopefully!) into our rainy season. 
For more blooms please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens where you will find links to blooms world wide!

Friday, October 14, 2016

And So It Begins!

It might not look like much, but for my Central California garden it is the light at the end of the tunnel!
I spent yesterday touring the garden and looking for things that should be moved since the weather forecasters seemed pretty certain some sort of rain event was heading our way.  Rain is not something for which we prepare during the summer.  It has not rained here, aside from a few quick drizzles, since April 27. So cushions were brought in, bins were placed under the patio overhang in order to collect some of that precious water, the bag of concrete mix sitting in the side yard for the last few months was moved. I even skipped watering the winter garden seedlings. And all that preparation did not scare away the rain! Please let this be just the beginning!