Sunday, August 9, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

We bring you pictures of a rare and precious commodity here on my corner of Katy. Click to enlarge and take a closer look at the petals of this Abelmoschus.


Raindrops were falling on my head out front ...


Raindrops were falling on my head out back ...


and raindrops were falling on my head out in the driveway!


When the storms had passed and I ventured outside to check on things, I was gobsmacked, as our British friends say, by the number of dragonflies that were dashing about the garden. I've never seen that many in my garden at once! They were so active that I knew it would be impossible to get a photograph of any of them ... it only now occurs to me that I could have taken a video. Next time, perhaps.

The rain was a blessed and welcome treat on what I thought would be another hot and dry summer Sunday afternoon. We had some pretty impressive thunder and lightning going on for an hour or so, and some fairly strong gusts of wind when the storm first rolled in. As far as how much rain we actually got, I would guess less than an inch. It's nowhere near enough to make up the deficit but we'll take whatever Mother Nature gives us at this point. Should she choose to send more, the Head Gardener will be positively giddy and may have to be restrained from cavorting about wildly. The media will not be alerted as she does not wish photographs of her unseemly behavior to be bandied about. Give her a rhubarb Bellini (or any Bellini for that matter), and that could change!



13 comments:

Carol said...

Woo hoo! Rain! What a nice treat on a Sunday afternoon!

Jean said...

Good for you! We saw some clouds this afternoon but the rain didn't make it here. I think last time I commented on one of your posts (on Thursday?) I said I heard thunder. Well we ended up getting over 2 inches of rain in less than half an hour. I was mopping up throughout the house (old house, new roof, same old leaks!). Mother Nature is always smacking us about it seems!

Caroline said...

Much to the neighbors' chagrin, the head gardener in these parts did not restrain herself from cavorting about wildly. It's RAIN!

Rose said...

Although you didn't include photos, I am imagining you dancin' in this rain:) It doesn't take much to make us gardeners happy, does it? So glad you got a little rainfall; I can't imagine what my garden would look like this summer without the steady rain we've had.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Finally, a good rain for Katy! I know you & your garden will be feeling the good effects of that for a few days.

rambleonrose said...

I'm glad you got some much-needed rain! If only we could swap rain for sunshine with you guys, although lately we're getting our share of your temperatures and sun...

Gail said...

Great news Cindy! Dance away...gail

Frances said...

Such a good change, Cindy. Even an inch is welcome at this time of year, for plants and people alike. Bellinis, yum. Make mine mango.

Frances

Annie in Austin said...

Rain in any amount is a gift this year, Cindy - glad you and the abelmoschus and dragonflies had a good time dancing in the raindrops!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Kathy said...

So glad you got rain. Wish you got more.

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

Love the rain pictures! Your garden is so lovely. And yahoo on "head gardener" and vitex clean-up. It feels so good when you're done. And it looks just great, too!

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

It was a wonderful treat indeed! We got another brief shower on Wednesday. Sadly, the system that dumped rain on much of Houston Thursday stayed south of MCOK. Sigh. I'm not being greedy, truly. By Thursday afternoon, that Wednesday shower's effects were ancient history!

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