A Wet Morning

Last evening, as I was preparing to fire up the grill to cook a few steaks, the heavens opened, and we were blessed by an hour and a half of hard rain. Wonderful rain. Soaking rain. Welcome rain. When I checked the rain gauge, it registered almost an inch and three quarters (44mm). Wow! After days and days of extremely hot and dry weather, the rain was sorely needed.

This morning I walked around the garden and was pleased to see that many plants which had been struggling in the heat are now perking up and looking like their old selves. This is particularly true of the plants along the edge of the woods which had begun to droop and generally look sad. I thought I was about to lose an oak leaf hydrangea, but with the heavy, soaking rain it has recovered.

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Oakleaf  hydrangea after the rain

The patches of Autumn ferns which had been sprawling in the woods are likewise happy.

It is easy to get complacent after an extended period of really hot and dry weather; sometimes I feel that it’s just too hot to get out in the garden (and then there’s the US Open to watch).  I’ve learned that I must guard against that. It will probably be wise to observe conditions more carefully, to wear a good sun hat, and to add a touch of hand watering from time to time to maintain things in good shape.

Autumn is coming.

You may be pleased to know that the steaks, although cooked inside under the broiler, were quite tasty.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and has been a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to seven of his eight grandchildren.
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8 Responses to A Wet Morning

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh John, rain like this after an extended dry period is indeed wonderful!

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  2. Benjamin says:

    Rain, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, tennis and steaks…a recipe for contentment if I’ve ever heard it 😉 Cheers!

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you had such a nourishing rain John. Still very dry here. Clouds form, lightning brightens the sky but the rain passes us by.

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  4. Christina says:

    That is a lot of rain at one time! The Oak Leaf hydrangea is usually the most drought tolerant of the hydrangeas so if it was suffering it must have been very dry indeed, John.

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  5. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Christina. And would you believe we had another half inch of rain two days later.

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