today was a pitter patter drizzly day. except for those moments of intense down pour. the ones when you stop digging and making mud pies and head for shelter. occasionally a moment of blue or two would peek through the clouds only to be swallowed up again by clouds. grey. it is a good thing there was a bunch of pictures the day before. muddy fingers are no good for cameras. astilbe, carnation poppy without the big red flower, with larkspur and yarrow. siberian iris, wisteria, and yellow and brown iris. all growing as happy as a kid playing in the mud.
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.
early this morning we had some awesome thunder boomers. and a lot of rain. the reflecting pool behind the bill’s garage attests to this. so many flowers looked like they were ridden hard and put away wet. bruised and faded too. depending on when they opened – before or after the thunder boomers – and how water resistant the petals are some looked wet, some looked tattered and faded and some looked somewhere in between. and some of the late openers yawned and asked the other guys what happened ? two images, Lullaby of Birdland…
and it is raining again now. so the hosta looked like this… bejeweled with water.
and Isolde looked like this. it is a poly. extra petals. four petals instead of three, and three sepals. and to match the pattern there are 7 stamens, one for each petal and sepal. if you look carefully there are two stamen next to the pistil.
i do believe the tide has turned.