rain and cherished

or it should be rain is cherished.  it has been infrequent here this summer.  the ground is dry and it will take time and a slow rain to really sink in past the very surface.  so it is good to see it falling again this day.  it has altered my plans for the day.  there will be no pollen speading for seeds today.  and it has continued my plans for the season.  the rain will help ensure the seed pods that have been set have a chance to ripen.  there will be seeds to plant next year and they will not wither waterless in the hot sun.  so back to cherished – before the arrival of rain.  let us walk through cherished a little.  here is what i saw this morning…

weeds or compost fodder 20160731_104100 how do you disguise a wheelbarrow or feed a compost pile ?  the seedling bed has been cleared and is ready for replanting.  and those daylilies who just bloomed this morning show the evidence of their brief journey to the sun.  note the drippings on the petals.  the flowers above them have had their off switch activated.  one day of bloom and then they simply melt away.  so which is the beautiful part the bloom or the melting away ?

Nutmeg Elf sdlg w ink 20160731_102640

while most of the daylilies are done or are ready to fade awaygrdn 20160731_104121

others are just starting to bloom.  and they will go on blooming for another three weeks.

orange late 20160731_101048

these two are trying to finish out their days this summer.  each on their own timetable.

Red at Singularity

Red at Singularity

11-052 Wild One x Autumn Minaret) x John Sheehan

11-052 Wild One x Autumn Minaret) x John Sheehan

and there were two hungry swallowtail butterflies and bumble bees in the garden today.  the swallowtails hardly cared about me and the camera !

swallowtail and lantana 102147 strung out w bee 102616 det

this is an example of how too much light is too much for a camera to handle.  the first image is a flower in full sun.

12-052 Smoke Scream x Purple Satellite

12-052 Smoke Scream x Purple Satellite

the next image is the same flower taken in shade twenty minutes later.  the color and subtleties come through much better without the glare.

12-052 Smoke Scream x Purple Satellite

12-052 Smoke Scream x Purple Satellite

so i hope you enjoyed this brief stroll through the garden.  so now i can ask myself is my most cherished object being in the garden or finding a way to get closer to nature ?  i hope you were able to get a fleeting glance of the answer.

black walnut 20160731_104135

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21 thoughts on “rain and cherished

    1. John Hric Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the stroll Hilary ! I hope a nice slow moderate rain comes your way and gives everything a nice slow soaking. I was watching the news this morning about the flooding in Maryland. It seems too many places have not enough or the opposite extreme – way way too much!

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  1. Paul

    Nice to see your garden in action! Appropriately enough, I just came in from working in my yard, and I barely beat the rain. I like your pics. Good post!

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Thanks Paul. Always nice to meet another gardener. And glad to hear you are getting some rain. It has been way too dry here. Glad you enjoyed the flowers.

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  2. joannesisco

    We too have had very little rain this summer in Toronto. Everything is so dry and desperate for some cooler temperatures and a lingering rain.
    … but an abundance of butterflies! Love them 🙂

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  3. goldenbrodie

    Your garden is lovely and your hard work pays off. My garden, due to the extreme heat, coupled with crazy rain storms is looking like a later August garden instead of a Aug. 1 garden. We love these flowers so much.

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Thanks glad you enjoy the flowers. There are sections – more like individual plants – that have not done so well. A lot of them are growing at half or one third their normal height. So the garden here did not escape. A lot of the plants have fewer blooms than normal. And some that I am working with got supplemental water. August is going to come hard and fast for a lot of them. So believe me I know what you mean about it looking like the end of August. If I did not have a good variety of the late and very late blooming daylilies things would be a bit more done and dreary. thanks again !

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