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Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Garden Loves a Good Storm

I know we need rain, but does it have to come all at once? We've had a wild weekend of intense storms, high winds, and torrential rain. Fortunately, we haven't sustained damage, although areas around us certainly have.

Neither Indy nor Bogey are particularly bothered by thunder or storms. Of course, Indy prefers not to go outside for a potty break when the rain is pelting down. He'd rather hold it, thank you, until the weather becomes more cooperative.

Here are a few shots that prove how happy our plants are to finally receive a good long cleansing soak.













































A family of cardinals built a nest in the climbing vine you see pictured above, outside our screened porch. They produced a solitary egg. This is an area with a lot of traffic. Sadly, it seems the nest has been abandoned.



Nature doesn't always give us a happy ending, does she?

Anyway, I hope you, your critters, and your garden are enjoying spring in all its bursting glory!


26 comments:

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Pat, your flowers are gorgeous! Living out here in desert of dirtville and missing my gardens (and all things green)I really enjoy seeing everyone elses gardens grow!

elbouwii said...

so pretty flowers

Kissslobbers
El'bow & Hauwii

Benny and Lily said...

Beautiful flowers. I will take that little thing scrambled. BOL
Benny & Lily

Lynn said...

Love your flowers! And that nest is so cool too!

BECKY said...

Yeah, that was some storm we got, wasn't it?? Fortunately, it didn't bother Tiger at all, which is vary rare! Your flowers are so pretty. And yes, it's too bad about the little bird egg.

Cozy in Texas said...

Lovely pictures Pat. The storm hit us before the week-end here in North Texas. I have been watching a chickadee flying in the remnant pipe from an old clothes line and can hear the baby birds chirping. I love this time of year. I hope the cardinal comes back.
Ann
Ann Summerville
Cozy In Texas

Tammy said...

You said it! I've found the nice side-effect of Buddy's old age hearing loss is that he doesn't seem to hear some thunderstorms. Beautiful flowers!!!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing your blooms!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

the booker man said...

miss pat,
we got lots of thunderstorms yesterday, too! the 5 trees my mama and daddy planted were happy to get rained on. :) you have very pretty flowers in your garden. i'd love to come 'n sniff them!
*woof*
the booker man

lmcoulter said...

You have the prettiest flowers! But all that rain, GACK! We've had uunseasonably warm weather, with the rain and wind! Hope it clears up for you!

RILEY AND STAR said...

There is nothing better then a good storm to make everything look so much prettier! We luv your garden!

Thanks for sharing.

Riley and Star.

Bandit's Pack said...

That creeping vine is gorgeous - do you know the name of it and can share.

For the Love of Dogs said...

Those flowers and pictures are beautiful! My doggies hate going out in the rain! They hold it too, thank goodness!

An English Shepherd said...

Lovely flowers

Wizz :-)

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Oh how pretty! Our other dog Ryan would bite the rain when it fell...or growl at it when it came down to hard and hit him on the head.....G-dog will hide from it ;o)

Judy said...

Gorgeous flowers! Lady doesn't like to go out in the rain for necessities either! Sits on steps and looks at me pitifully!

twinkietinydog said...

You can say that again (nature does not always have a happy ending). We find so many broken eggs on the ground because of the wind, we're worried about the bird population in our own back yard.
Thank you for the positive thoughts for my two sissies yesterday. They gave us quite a scare. They're going to be fine. We're optimists :)
Twink!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Your plants are looking beautiful, we could do with some much needed rain here too.
Lynne

Life With Dogs said...

I would gladly take on a few inches of rain today after seeing six inches of fresh, evil snow. But I feel your pain...

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Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Such pretty flowers, love the pictures!

RMKK said...

Pat, your garden sure is pretty. All we are seeing right now are daffodils and tulips. Still a little early for the colorful petunias I enjoy each summer. I don't know if you do an herb garden but I just discovered that butterflies love dill. I think I'll add dill to my garden this year. :)


Marlene

Angel-Star said...

the abandoned nest image is poignant and beautiful...

Linda O'Connell said...

Pat, love that climber. Did you ever send Pat Stone a story at Green Prints (I think thats the name)? It's a gardening magazine. Your photos tell wonderful stories; your words add tot he beauty.

RYKER said...

Just Beautiful!

ocmist said...

Very pretty! All the rain DOES make for very pretty flowered gardens! Glad the storms didn't cause you to many problems! We aren't crazy about going out in the rain to go potty either! The CC