What’s Blooming Wednesday #51 – How to Wake Up to the Loveliest Sound of Rain

It’s true.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of the loveliest light misty rain.  Have you ever heard  misty rain?  I didn’t think so.  I’ll explain as we move through today’s pictures of what’s barely  blooming here in The Land of Making Do.  Hah!

Did you notice my lack of What’s Blooming Wednesday posts since the end of August?  It’s called a drought.  And, are you sick of dragging water hoses around?  I am!

Remember this area with the bright red Cockscomb?

Cockscomb

It eventually blocked the walkway completely.

Side Garden

That is, until I chopped it all down last week.  I severely trimmed the Knock-outs along the house wall, too.

Garden Renovation

HH kindly trimmed the bushes along the front of the house early last week.  He began talking about installing a sprinkler system.  Huh?  (Yes, that got my attention.)

After he explained where he needed to go with the lines, I was motivated to whack it all away – quickly before he changed his mind.

When he later joined me outside to begin his digging, I mentioned two trees that needed to go.  Chop-chop!  They were down in no time!

Garden Renovation

The beautiful purple-bloomed Vitex Chaste leaned over the walkway since our 2011 tornado.  Yay, it’s gone!

I should break here for a minute and explain the easily installed sprinkler system.  It’s called Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

Start by installing the timer to a nearby water faucet.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

Then run the half-inch plastic line with connectors at any corners.  (Stretch out the line in the sun to relax it.)

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

Get plenty of sprinkler steaks – and the punch tool (not pictured).

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

The line magically makes a tight seal around the punch point.  This smaller line extends about 18 inches from the ground stake.  The narrowing of line increases the water pressure for a better spray.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

Interchangeable mister tips spray at options from 90 degrees up to full circle.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

Attachable risers lift the misters higher to get better reach.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

This farthest location on the back side of the house sprays this one small area nicely.  (Our few lonely blooms for this week are on this French Tarragon plant.  It smells heavenly!)

Garden Mister

At the back corner, this mister doesn’t spray far enough to reach the stepping-stones, so we plan to add a riser there.  It’s the one at the lower left blue arrow.  The other blue arrow is a circular mister that covers ten feet.  It’s awesome!

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

The yellow arrows are the stumps from the cut trees.  I plan to plant some small bushes just inside the walkway after the stumps are dug out.

From the corner, the line runs to the faucet behind the Knock-outs.  See the sprinkler head misting there to the left?

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

Here it is from another angle.  You can also see the timer here beside the hose reel.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

There’s another line that comes straight out from the house to this circular mister.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

The main line runs around to the front of the house to just beside the front steps.  Here’s the line spread out in the shallow trench.  After staking the misters and punching the tiny hose into the line, you can cover with dirt and mulch.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

By the way, there are stakes that hold it securely to the ground.

Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation

It really is very basic and easy, as well as inexpensive.  I hope it holds up, especially against Winston the digger.

This video demonstrates the general idea.  (Our hose doesn’t weep – theirs does.)  Several brands are available – all are interchangeable.

So that covers the rain on one side of the house.  Next, we need to dig out these cast iron plants to make room for the line there.  (Not looking forward to that!)

Elephant Ear, Blooming Hosta, Creeping Jenny, Yarrow, Cast Iron Plant

What are the temps at your house?  Is it digging weather there?

Blessings~

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    • says

      Yes, I’m excited to have plants live, even when I’ve grown tired of the hose-drag dance. Ha! Happy hump day! 🙂

    • says

      I read that in one of your posts this week and immediately thought of Butch putting in a sprinkler system like this one. It’s just plastic, so not nearly as hardy as the metal or pvc pipes, but it’s definitely better than nothing. I’ve had enough years of that. 🙂

  1. Libba says

    We may have gone this long without rain at some point, but I don’t ever remember it. Someone said Aug 18 was the last good rain we had. I just know it’s been a long time. Since Joe and I have been back and forth to doctors so much, I had not worried about watering flowers. Went out a few days ago to look at them and I think I’ve lost all my azaleas except a scraggly one and a new one that we put out last year. A sprinkler, with a timer, would have really been nice to have saved them. Oh, well, I’ll just have to make do with what I have left. After my surgery in the spring, I haven’t been able to work in flowers at all until recently. Guess I’ll have to start over next year……or maybe just enjoy flowers of others. .

    • says

      Ooh, August 18th!! We’ve had a little rain since then, but not much. The field beside our house is being harvested today, and it’s like a dust bowl out there! HH and I were outside (with more yard projects for continuing the sprinkler hoses) and had to come inside. Little debris is flying around so much that we’re breathing it. Yuk! I’m sad you’ve lost your azaleas. I know they meant a lot to you! I’m glad you’re feeling better after your spring surgery, though. Happy Wednesday! 🙂