Wednesday, May 10, 2017

GOOD MORNING CLOUDY DAY

Who prays for a cloudy day. Someone who is a gardener, has had no measurable rain for weeks and brilliant clear sunshine day after day, and whose plants are down on their knees praying with her. Yes, we have had cool nights but that lack of rain has my ground so dry I can't even pull out the spent plants. My drip- irrigation watering system and burnt out soils cannot support such weather conditions. When promised rain, talked about so much by the weather man, failed to materialize I had to start doing some hand watering. Pots and vegetable beds twice a day just to keep them alive.


This is inside the entrance to the garden where there is a little shade from the overhead beams. An odd mixture of plants, you may think. Barrel cactus, agaves, foxgloves and the brugmansia ( A gifted cutting from my garden friend Lori two years ago). I repotted it this year so extra watering has been the order of the day, but also fighting off spider mites this year. Despite the bloom it really does not look as healthy as it should so I am trying hard to get it back in shape. A little less stress from the sun may help.


And the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. I am so proud to have grown them from seed planted last fall. These ones in pots are further ahead than the ones that are growing in the ground which have not started to bloom yet. They are the flowers of my childhood, found growing in the hedgerows and fields of England, as well as the flowers of my childhood fairy stories. They will always have a place in my heart and my garden.


I could take a few more cloudy days like this one and a little rain.Maybe tomorrow.

8 comments:

  1. I, too, love cloudy days. Yay for May Gray. I dunno, does Texas get much summer rain? We in SoCal get none.

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    1. We never know what we are going to get. Last summer was very rainy. This spring-nothing. Texas weather is a crap shoot.

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  2. You may be dry but the views of your garden are still splendid, Jenny. We're enjoying the May Gray here too. We almost never get rain this late but we did pick up 0.12/inch last weekend and it was welcome. I hope that storm headed in your direction.

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    1. It is beginning to look doubtful. we need several inches of rain to help out my garden. The soil is just too poor to hold the water.

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  3. Ugh, that dry in May, I'm sorry! Love the scene you shared, it looks springtime fresh, despite it all.

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  4. Despite your lack of rain, your garden is still gorgeous.

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  5. Your garden looks wonderful.
    We didn't get much rain this afternoon. But, glad not to get the storms that came up north.

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  6. Your garden is beautiful, even without the promised rain. I'm in awe of people who can grow brugmansia, since I've failed 4 times...

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