18. May 2011 · 3 comments · Categories: General · Tags: , ,

The rain continues but I have decided to not let it dampen my gardening spirit.  Out I went this afternoon into the wet tall grass to see what my spring garden is looking like.

The rain seems to go on and on and I am afraid I am missing all of the colors that are so beautiful this time of year.  The Lilacs and Iris are blooming, and my vegetable garden is waiting to be complete. 
 I decided to go ahead and put in a few of my seeedlings today to spite the rain.  You never know around here if you should wait until Memorial Day like everyone advises for a last frost date, or go for it. 
 Our weather this year has been chilly and VERY wet, but honestly I am tired of waiting so I have put in some of my vegetables and some flowers. 
We are going away for a week and hopefully I won’t be starting from scratch when we return because everything drown or froze while we were away. 


~”Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ~Roger Miller 


I wore my Muck Daily Garden Shoes and even though I was soaked through, my feet were dry and comfy!

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And plenty of it! It’s been a long time coming,but we are finally getting our blooms of spring.  Too bad it keeps raining though. It makes it hard to get out and enjoy it all.  I ran out between the showers today and snapped a few photos of the lush green and beautiful colors. 

 Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.  ~Ellis PetersMM3





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This is a photo in the park across the street from my house.  This was the volley ball court but we got so much rain it’s more like a lake now. 

~”The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  ~Henry Wadsworth LongfellowClick to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.



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For fertilizer friday I have nothing to share since it hasn’t stopped raining long enough to get any photos, I am not one to let a rainy day slip by without enjoying it for a while  but I have to say….. too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. 

When we arrived home tonight my husband and I thought we would slip into something a bit more comfortable like our …Muck Boots and headed to our basement. 

He put on his Jobbers, and I put on my Scrub boots and we trudged on down to the quickly rising waters below. We live on a hill but for some reason the water loves to come in when there is a very heavy rainfall. 

 Luckily we have everything up off the floor to stay dry and because the floor is uneven we have to sweep towards the 2 drains and 2 sump pumps to keep the water from getting too much down there.

The good news is that our feet stayed dry and comfortable.  That’s about the only good news I can say about this whole affair.  These heavy rains should be gone by tomorrow…

I hope it’s not raining too hard where you are today but if it is Garden Shoes Online has a great selection of waterproof boots and shoes, FYI.



Last week we had several rainy days that were really needed. 

 The temperatures have been cooler and it was beginning to feel fall like way toooooo soon for me. 


It has finally stopped and they are predicting sunshine and warm weather for the next 6 days or so. 

 Whew.  I thought maybe summer had ended. 


Luckily between the raindrops,

 I was able to shoot a few pics of my flowers,

wet as they were.

They are  pretty in a different way than usual. 

Dreary weather and rain change the perspective a bit,


but there is no denying their beauty,

in any light.

 ~I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.  ~Adeline Knapp


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web-pohi-391Today it snowed, sleeted, rained, gusted winds, and the sun even peeked out for a quick minute.  A horrible mix of weather with cold temperatures and wind chills to boot. bachelor-button

Needless to say I was not a very happy girl.  An occasional rainy day is always welcomed but mostly I want sunshine and plenty of it. web-h-008

I spent most of the day inside being glum until my girlfriend/ gardening enabler called and said there were perennials on sale at Home Depot ~5 for $10.  Needless to say we whisked over there and filled our carts with some beautiful plants. web-h-036

Neither snow, nor rain, nor  heat, nor gloom of night will keep us gardeners from our horticultural whims and plant sales.web-frog-pomd-089

Unfortunately, by the time we got back I was too cold to take pictures of them so I decided to look at pictures from sunnier days and pretend I took them today. So these are a few pictures that are from brighter, warmer days.    





~”Dear beautiful Spring weather, I miss you.  Was it something I said?  ~Kim Corbin”



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blue and white crockThe rain came Monday and it kept coming and coming, well we were like a sinking ship with water coming in from all around.  My husband and I both stayed home trying to keep up with the water.  2 sump pumps and two drains but the floor isn’t perfectly even so the water pools if you don’t keep up to it.  So sweep we did!  But notice those awesome Muck Boots that kept my feet and legs dry and warm.me

  Fashionable too wouldn’t you say?

 Hey….it’s not easy looking lovely when you are sloshing water around in your cellar for hours.   another bean pot

While I was spending that quality time in the basement I came across those crocks I spoke of last week, my old ones that I wasn’t sure where they were.  Found em!  So here’s some more pots that I have accumulated. These are all pretty good sized. The blue and white is great, but it has some hair line cracks.  I like that it is stamped from our city.brown and white pot

 I hope all of you are faring the weather.  It’s hard to know what season we are in with rain, then snow, then forty degrees and back again to snow and frigid temperatures.  Oh well, it is January in the North East after all.  It is supposed to be 6 degrees tomorrow at some point. Brrrrr.  But at least there isn’t an Earthquake so I will quit complaining now and count my blessings. 



The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Fall is upon us on this first friday in October although there are still plenty of blooms weathering the weather that has turned drastically cold.  Today it was 40 degrees in the AM.  Yuck!  Too soon if you ask me.  Kind of gloomy, damp and windy also.  Have I painted a picture for you yet? mandevilla marigold

The good news is that my Montauk Daisies are finally blooming.  They are supposed to bloom in July but this year it wasn’t until late September when they finally burst into bloom.  I hope they stay nice for a while.  I will pick some and bring them in, just in case, since I am not outside quite as much lately to enjoy them like I would be if it were August.  They are such a great plant in my garden.  They are more like a shrub covered in daisies.  I have found very few problems with them ever.  They stand about 3 feet tall with shiny leaves that bush out until mid to late summer, then they bloom until frost.  I just love them. web-o-015

 My rose bush (hot chocolate) has given me one final bloom to make sure I don’t forget how beautiful she is.web-rock-086


  No worries~ how could I?  That memory will have to keep me warm until next spring. 





Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  ~Pepper Giardino




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   Although we have had so much rain that I have hardly had to water so far this year, I am anxious to do my part in conserving our precious resource while preventing excess water runoff into our water supplies. Not to mention my water bill arrived this month and it is outrageous.  Also I have a couple of huge pine trees that hover over the front of our house that make it impossible for any rain to get to my garden that lies beneath them, especially right next to the house.  We decided to put a rain barrel  there to keep that front watered.  I  welcome a hose right there since it is on the opposite side of my house from the regular hoserain-barrelMy friend Debbie was looking into getting a rain barrel, but after researching and finding out just how expensive they were – we both decided we would take her Dad up on his offer of getting us a couple of used barrels.  He got the blue plastic milk barrels from his neighbor who has a dairy farm.

After getting mine, my husband was able to do a couple of simple alterations, and we were on our way to having our own home- made rain barrel. We rinsed it out to get rid of any milk residue, then drilled a hole about 6 inches from the bottom, inserted the spigot and sealed it with PVC glue.  He installed a second spigot about 6 inches from the top – that way any overflow can go into a hose directed away from the house. Next, a coat or two of paint (suitable for plastic), and a hole in the top that fits the downspout we are putting it under. We installed it on a couple of stone blocks to enhance the power of gravity to run the hose.   rain-barrel-with-overflow-hook-up

The color makes it blends in well to the background so you can hardly see it.  Now we are ready to collect that free run off water that usually ends up flooding my basement. 

rain-barrel-hidden Click here for a terrific video that shows you how to make a rain barrel




Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.  ~Roger Miller


spikes Today is Friday already! The weeks really go by fast in the summer.  We have actually had two or three days without rain this week.  That is really good.petunia  I don’t mind the rain as much as the gloomy skies that go along with it.  But hopefully that trend is behind us for a while.  Yesterday was just beautiful and the forecast for today looks just as good.  My gardens have filled out and are doing pretty well,  I guess they like the rain and cooler temperatures we have been having.   Thanks Tootsie for having Fertilizer Friday!nasturtium






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Gather ye rose-buds while ye may;
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
~Robert Herrick