this morning was busy. errands and a regular check up with the doctor. then garden visits with a fellow hybridizer. on the way home from his garden the skys let loose. then a couple of more times in the course of the evening. the potted plants and the rest of the garden should be thoroughly watered.
we needed it. it rained over night and until about noon. a good rain that had time to soak into the ground. that was the good news. the bad news that accompanies that rain… wet pollen. there was no pollen dabbing today. this is a cross of Thais and Cameroons. rich and contrasting shades of purple. four images…
it was seriously grey overcast this morning. the weather said zero chance of rain. i guess they meant later. as i drove off to work it started to mist and then drizzle. it may have just followed me to work and left the garden alone. this afternoon the clouds were replaced by blue skies. and it did not seem to have hurt the flowers. though the moisture may have done in the pollen. maybe. it does not hurt to try a few crosses. perhaps it did stay dry. and the garden looked great this afternoon. the flowers were not faded by the rain.
the red and white flowers above just might be siblings from the very same cross. after looking at the flowers tonight the answer is what rain ?????? and many of these flowers are late season bloom. they have only just started to bloom.