It has been another unusual week in terms of weather. Most days have been overcast, cool, with some rain. Strolling around the garden in the early morning and seeing the raindrops clinging to the plants reminded me again of how precious water is and how all forms of life depends on it. Thus, despite the soggy and slippery lawns, let’s celebrate the joy of rain!
- 1. Bejewelled spider web. This spider web decked out with raindrops looked so lovely in the early morning light. The web hangs over one of the front garden beds, but one of its anchoring threads is attached at head height to a plant across the little path. I have to remember to duck under it if I want to avoid being suddenly encased in a spiders web! Each time I forget I have an instant panic that the spider is still on its web! Thankfully the spider has always been hiding in the nearby foliage, waiting for nightfall when it will come out again, mend its web, and wait in anticipation for a feast.
2. Raindrops on a sedge. These little sedges are growing wild at the bottom of the garden where the water tank overflows and the first flush pipes are. I assume it is a native plant. It flourishes in this very damp environment. I dug up a couple of these sedges and planted them in one of the beds alongside the dry river bed in the front garden, and they seem to be doing very well there, despite it not being a lot drier. The raindrops appear to have glued all the tips together.
3. The borage plant is an annual that I grew from seed in the ‘Give Bees a Chance’ mix from Green Harvest, an organic gardening supply shop in Witta. The flowers seem to have shrugged off most of the raindrops, apart from a few hanging off the ends of flower buds. This plant is growing in a narrow planter pot in the front garden and no doubt the bees will be visiting the flowers soon.
4. This little viola is covered in raindrops. I planted it as a seedling into a hanging basket a month or so ago, and it has been flowering very well. Violas thrive here during winter and into spring, but wither when the summer heat drains the life out of them.
5. Raindrops on roses….. although rose flowers are scarce at this time of year, these rose leaves with raindrops hanging off each of the leaf serrations have more than made up for the lack of blooms. They look beautiful in the early morning light.
6. The raindrops on this dill plant are really pretty as the early morning sun makes them sparkle in different colours. This plant is yet another raised from seed from the ‘Give Bees a Chance’ mix from Green Harvest and has been planted out into the garden bed alongside the driveway.
Not much of a chance to do any gardening today as it is still drizzling outside. Definitely an inside day today, with no prospect of the weather improving tomorrow. This will provide me with a good opportunity to catch up on all of today’s and last weeks Six on Saturdays. Pop over to The Propagator to find out what is happening in gardens around the world.