Gentle rain, the kindest rain of all. Soaking into the soil without damaging the tender seedlings, or even making the flowers sad. (Edit: well, that was how it was until last night's downpour!) We're into our second day of gentle rain now, after a record midwinter dry spell, and the garden definitely needs every drop it can get.
More usually, after a long dry spell we get pounding rain that brings damage and much needed relief in equal doses. (Edit: talk about speaking too soon ... the more usual pounding, damaging rain arrived last night.) I originally wished a special thankyou to Huey for this lovely, gentle, nurturing rain, but in this re-edited posting, it's "thanks Huey for the rain, but you can back off now".
Anyway, it's good to have the rains arrive, so here's a quick lap of our garden, camera in hand.
|Still bare, our frangipani is wearing strings of these watery jewels now.|
|Poppies never cope well with rain, but today they're just|
drooping their heads a little. They'll look up when the sun
|Rosemary in bloom with vivid green new growth, too.|
|A week away from full flowering, the scadoxus are already|
glowing like beacons, and opening rapidly now there's rain.
|Aeonium 'Schwartzkopf' looks like it's trying to resist getting wet.|
|While in a dark, shady corner this Vriesia|
bromeliad is putting on a colour party.
|The foodies are loving it. Lettuce planted less than a week ago.|
|Potato babies growing noticeably every day.|
|Thai limes were fertilised on the weekend, and with this steady|
watering they'll be flowering and fruiting through summer.