Rain At Last!
|Darkening sky - early afternoon|
Recently had a week of rainy days, or afternoons, after many months of drought - oh, so welcome!
|Raindrops on thirsty leaves and ferns|
|Another attempt to capture the welcome wetness|
|The ferns on this little overhang were totally dried-out and looked dead before the rains. Now a week or so later without any rain, they're totally dried-out again.|
|The rain and cooler weather that came with it inspired me to buy some flowering plants.|
I bought the coleus because it reminds me of my mother. I purposely bought one with that big side piece hanging over so I could cut it off to root. She always had coleus "rooting" in the house - just a piece of the plant stuck in a jar of water on the kitchen windowsill.
And I bought the red geranium because it reminds me of my Virginia grandmother who always had them on the doorstep or back porch. Every time I smell a geranium I think of her - and also of a friend who had left instructions to use geraniums at her funeral service. She had loved the book, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy, by Barbara Johnson. They had hundreds of little geraniums all over and encouraged everyone present to take one home to remind them of her lovely spirit during her courageous battle against cancer.
My flower pot doesn't look quite so pretty today because some wormy creatures have snapped off the zinnias! But it still adds a bit of color to all the green around here.
One of our cute but pesky raccoons came out looking for something to eat. Don't be misled by that cute face - they are wild animals and can be quite fierce! I was almost afraid to get so close to snap the photo! They shouldn't even be out in the daytime.
Hoping for some more rain soon, but not too much, of course!