We’ve just finished with four days and five nights of almost constant rain… and almost constant warnings of approaching severe thunderstorms. I don’t remember anything like this ever happening here before, and I hope it doesn’t happen again anytime soon. It was not fun. The weather forecasters kept advising people in our area to prepare for torrential rain (how?) and flash flooding… and we kept having both. For a while there it seemed like the rain would never stop.
The force of the rain and the severity of the flooding left us with a lot of damage. Many of the plants in the gardens… both vegetables and flowers… look awful right now. Anything tall like the foxgloves and delphiniums are now lying on the ground. But somehow all the feverfews survived without any damage at all… and of course the hostas always look great no matter what happens. Same with the sempervivums… no wonder these three are my favorites!
This hydrangea wasn’t so fortunate. Before the rain it was almost completely covered with blooms, and the contrast of the brilliant white flowers against the dark green leaves was absolutely beautiful. Now the entire bush is almost flat on the ground from the weight of the rain-soaked flowers.
The rain finally stopped just a few hours ago, but I can already see just the hint of blue sky and sun, and thankfully there isn’t supposed to be any more rain for the next several days. It’s still too wet out there to do anything now, but tomorrow we will begin the discouraging job of trying to clean up some of this mess.
And that won’t be fun either.