I wanted to title this post something like “DIY Rain” or “How to Make it Rain”. But, I didn’t want to give the wrong impression. I want to make it clear that I know I’m not God. He IS THE weatherman!
Oh, how we needed rain. Our leased farmer’s soybeans look healthy overall and are growing on schedule. As with every summer, though, each dry spell holds impending doom. It had been far too long since the last soaking rain.
So, I did three things yesterday that I felt, due to Murphy’s Law, were sure to bring rain. 😉 First, I watered all the shrubs and flowers, then I sprayed weed-killer, and then I placed a project needing 24 hours of sunshine out on the patio table – something that must not get wet.
After all the watering and spraying, later in the afternoon…rain! See, that’s how you control the rain (wink).
Don’t worry – I removed the patio items before leaving home for the afternoon. Last night, just before dusk, I surveyed what used to be mostly flowerless, struggling plants. After the rain, they’ve perked right up!
These Cleome blooms volunteered behind the air conditioning units. They get about half day of sun, so they’re surviving pretty well.
Since Cockscomb are pretty hardy, they’ve grown well in full scorching sun – although, the blooms aren’t developed yet. The red stemmed plants will be the pinkish red/rust combo you saw last year. I dried the blooms last Fall and sprinkled seeds around in mid June (a little late, I believe).
In another bed, there’s one yellow Cockscomb blooming – well, beginning to, anyway.
There are only yellow ones in this grouping. To the left, you see the played-out Black-eyed Susans peeking into our view.
I didn’t show you the horror of our fig tree. I forgot to take a picture until I was half finished trimming it, but this is how it looked in early spring.
Isn’t that the ugliest thing? The branches grow from the bottom of the plant each year, so I cut them off during winter. I almost missed cutting it this year.
It looked much nicer after trimming those dead branches.
It’s grown back almost to full size now. After our hard rain and winds yesterday, it wilted badly. The figs are just beginning to develop. Most people have their figs ready for picking. Not this tree…always later in August for some reason.
It needs a nickname…maybe MONSTER. It looks so beastly!
I found one lone hydrangea bloom the other day, so I brought it inside to enjoy while it lasts. New blooms are rare in our heat (in The Land of Making Do, at least).
I hope your blooms are still pretty. Are they? Or, am I the only lazy gardener this year who refused to drag hoses around while hoping rainfall was sufficient? :-/