Post 539: when it rains…

There is a soft rain today, with occasional bombastic thunder. I like it. Andy and Dougy associate it with “wet”, which they don’t like in practice.

I held the door open. Dougy came out long enough to feel one or two raindrops on his head, then he scampered back inside.

I held the door open. Dougy came out long enough to feel one or two raindrops on his head, then he scampered back inside.

I wasn’t surprised Dougy came outside until he got a little wet. He’s the more curious about the outside of the brothers. Andy stands in the doorway, but never steps outside. Andy’s mind’s made up when it comes to water: It’s not good!

The Memorial Day geraniums welcomed the rain. This time of year, it couldf be snow, eh!? And we had some of that in early September.

The Memorial Day geraniums welcomed the rain. This time of year, it could be snow, eh!? And we had some of that in early September.

One thing about geraniums, they are tough little mothers and they bloom forever! Oh. That’s two things about geraniums, but that just makes them that much more welcome at the front entry. The recent hot weather beat them up, but the rain and cooler weather suit them fine.

The sedums appreciate the extra moisture, too.

The sedums appreciate the extra moisture, too.

When I planted the Sedum in the Cretan pot, I didn’t realize what a good choice that was. It looks great in this rustic piece of pottery. I’m glad I lugged the two of these pots down from the house in 2004. Some years, when I am not up to a garden of any consequence, the pots, at least, have something perennial in them, and it looks good.

The bird bath didn't get much attention from me this year. Thanks to the rain today, it has water in it. You can see where some raindrops landed in the photo.

The bird bath didn’t get much attention from me this year. Thanks to the rain today, it has water in it. You can see where some raindrops landed in the photo.

I suppose I should confess to a dirty bird bath. What appears to be pebbles on the bottom actually is dried, cracked pond crud (algae, filth…!) that the rain covered.

As soon as I give up on a garden because the yard vandals keep weed whacking plantings I want, they stop coming around! This is a messy little area in the back that I neglected all summer.

As soon as I gave up on a garden because the yard vandals kept weed whacking plantings I wanted, they stopped coming around! This is a messy little area in the back that I neglected all summer. In the rain, it has some small charm.

Yeah, that’s an elm sapling in the upper left hand corner, and that’s the  invasive bird-planted vine, Virginia creeper, with the palmate leaves, below it. The Virginia creeper sets berries that the birds love to eat, and they “plant” the seeds wrapped in a lovely load of poop, just the ticket for successful germination!

Though Andy and Dougy don’t approve, we are supposed to get more rain today and through the week. It’s a nice change from the hot weather, and a gentle transition into the coming cold.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Post 539: when it rains…

  1. I don’t like to get wet, either. Mom says we’ve had so much rain lately it has hurt the apple crop (the humans went apple picking last weekend) and that the cold winter didn’t help the trees, either. All I know is I didn’t get an apple donut. These were lovely pictures. I hope you had a good day today with the boys. Woof!

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    • Thank you! As for apples, that would be sad if the apple harvest or the apple trees were harmed by too much moisture. I’d be upset not to get the apple doughnut myself as that is something I tend to wolf down every chance I get! Woof! The boys had a wild night. One of them (probably Andy) climbed the screen on the window in the dining area, and it popped out of the window. Unfortunately, this has happened before, and it makes me wary of leaving the window open in weather I’d ordinarily leave it open because once the screen’s out, Andy and Dougy could get out. Because they are inside cats, I don’t make them wear their tags and collars. They’d be upset to have to wear them inside on the chance they might get loose outside once in a thousand days or something like that!

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