Monday, July 18, 2016

Precious Rain



The yard is emerald green and wonderfully jungle-y this summer because it’s actually been raining. For the first time in years, it seems, we’ve been getting daily afternoon thundershowers in the proper summer pattern. Rob and I spent Saturday taming our backyard jungle (just a bit) and rejoicing.

Caladiums looking healthy and refreshed

Early in the morning, Rob mowed the lush, overgrown lawn with our little quiet battery-operated push mower while I did the edging. Edging involves about 10 minutes of running the edger and then about three hours of crawling around, hand-pulling the weeds that have encroached into the beds. While I was crawling, I saw a box turtle taking big bites out of an overripe sand pear Rob had tossed behind the vegetable garden. I came across a snake skin too (rat snake), and the cutest mushroom (it was as red as a strawberry).

We picked the last of our tomatoes from the old, worn-out plants, so tattered and faded (they remind me of scarecrows). We filled a basket with Romas, Arkansas Travelers, Cherokee Purples, Amish Pastes, Debaros, and Tasty Lees.

Homegrown tomatoes

About 11, we went to Tallahassee Nurseries and bought a decorative arch to support the heavy, fruit-laden branches of the satsumas that grow on either side of the steps to the utility room. Since Rob doesn’t like the branches to droop down and block the path to the steps, we thought we’d put up an arch and let the branches rest on top of it. Tallahassee Nurseries was a madhouse because a snowball truck was parked among the birdbaths and free snowballs were being given away with every purchase. We chose a large pagoda-style arch with a pointed top and lots of metal curlicues—oh, and we got a couple of pink champagne snowballs for the road.

The arch was kind of hard to put up. It kept wanting to lean to one side. While we were working, Rob was “swearing” in his dorky Rob way. He kept saying “Crappersnaps!” whenever the arch went crooked. But he wasn’t mad; he was smiling.

I'm sorry I don't have a picture of the new arch. But here's something that's next to the arch: my favorite birdbath. 

Buntin, our spoiled tortie, ran outside a million times to celebrate it being Saturday. (She’s not supposed to go outside.) Around three, she booked it down the path through the meadow, chasing butterflies as I ran after her and called, “Bunters, come back here! You’re getting your little toepads dirty!” I thought this might slow her down because Buntin has a superiority complex and would never want to be a “common” cat with dirty toepads.


Elegant Becky passing judgment on the troublesome Buntin, who had just run by on her way outside 

A little Saturday morning snack

I bought this giant rabbit at Mule Day (a festival in nearby Calvary, Georgia) last fall. 

11 comments:

  1. Your garden is so lush. So glad you are getting ample rain. What a treat to find that turtle!
    I'd love for you to share this wonderful outdoor post on today's Maple Hill Hop! Hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks, Daisy! I would have loved to share my post on the hop, but I wasn't sure how to do it. I was scared I'd do it wrong. . . .

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  2. How nice that you are getting afternoon showers. That 'used to be' our norm down here, but not in a long time. We really need a good soaking as what I don't set the sprinkler on or hand water is drying up and turning brown. Your gardens look lovely.

    I love your different little statues, your furry critters, your delicious looking snacks, and do want to see your arch.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine! I hope you get rain soon. It didn't rain today or yesterday here, so I was back to dragging the hose around this evening.

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  3. Your property is so beautiful, and the greenery so fresh looking! We've not had much rain, so mines a little frazzled.
    Your mixed potful of caladiums looks happy indeed. Oh, and I'm totally jealous of your tomatoes, mine have been gone for weeks.
    Thanks for sharing another of your lovely Saturdays! _Janice








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    1. Thanks, Janice! I'm really sad that tomato season is over--it's my favorite time of the year. We have so much fun making salsas and sauces . . . and now the vegetable garden seems quite bleak.

      I hope you get some rain. I have a friend at work who gardens and every Friday we say to each other, "Have a good weekend. I wish you rain!"

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  4. A picture of the new arch is something for us to look forward to . . . :-)

    I'm with Janice on the tomato jealousy. Our season was over long ago. In fact, my season is usually over before it begins as veggie gardening is a challenge for me. And I've been known to curse a time or two over those challenges as well. But I can assure you, my cursing is nothing like Rob's. Mine is the kind that make people think I need to haul my butt to church. I may have been a sailor in a previous life.

    Any secrets to keeping your birdbath so pristine?

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    1. I just love your comments, Eli. I know I'm probably being annoying, but please start blogging again!

      I understand how you feel about vegetable gardening--it is sooo challenging. Last fall we got literally nothing out of our whole garden because the bugs ate everything!

      Rob does all the birdbath upkeep. He's just really good at cleaning, which is great because I am very bad at cleaning. . . .

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  5. Hi Leslie! (I'm still laughing at eli's comment - lol) You have such a lush, inviting looking yard - I can see why you're referring to it as jungle! I too, have tomato envy - the little ones I grew were very tart and yours look wonderful! You have such beautiful photos, it's a joy to look and read about each one!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Our tomato crop was really great this year--I don't know why. I don't think it was due to any skill on our part--just good luck. Our crops seem to alternate between great and terrible--one year is great and then the next year is terrible. Last year our fall garden completely failed, so I'm hoping it will be awesome this year!

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  6. I loved reading this post about your Saturday activities.... And I had to laugh about the antics of Buntin and the photo of Becky looking on! Your garden is just lovely and everything looks so fresh and green. I love how you compose your photos too...just beautiful!

    - Kate x

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