I made a quick lunch for my family (hot dogs and mac 'n cheese -- it's National Mac 'n Cheese day, after all) and as we were finishing our meal, the skies suddenly opened. We all looked outside then at each other with the same exclamation, "It's raining!"
After enjoying the steady downpour for 10-15 minutes, my son and wife went back into the house while I remained sitting in our gazebo listening to the rain. As the old song goes,
It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is ..........Yes, I fell asleep to the sound of the drops falling on the gazebo roof and surrounding deck, the scent of summer rain filling my senses. You'll have to ask the squirrels and birds (and maybe neighbors) if you want to know if I completed the lyric above.
Once the rain stopped, I walked through the garden.
|Solenostemon 'Black Dragon' and Juncus 'Blue Dart'|
|Strobilanthes dyerianus and Pelargonium Maverick® 'Coral'|
I brought Strobilanthes (Persian Shield) back into my container designs this year, and now I'm wondering why I ever stopped. The jeweled purple foliage is unmatched and combines extremely well with most other colors in the garden. Its unpredictable growing habit results in many surprise combinations as the season progresses.
|Vinca 'Pacific Burgundy Halo'|
I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Pacific Burgundy Halo' Vinca that I planted last year along the edge of our driveway, and was especially disappointed when I couldn't find this variety to plant this year. Surprise! Leaving the plants up until they were killed by frost allowed them to reseed, so I have several now growing in an among the purples, reds and fuschias of the HeatElite Vinca I planted this spring.
|Vinca 'Pacific Burgundy Halo' (reseeded)|
|Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita'|
|Gazania 'New Day Pink Shades'|
|An inch of rain!|
|Rosa KnockOut® Double Red|
|Dorotheanths Mezoo® 'Trailing Red'|
|Colocasia 'Coffee Cups'|
|Colocasia 'Bikini Tini'|
|Hydrangea Everlasting™ Revolution|
|Solenonstemon 'Hurricane Jenni'|
'Hurricane Jenni' was a good plant with which to finish, on a day where a true gulleywasher was warmly welcomed. Now I can get back to that snoring.