Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursdays and FF

Joining Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursdays and Tootsie Time for Fertilizer.




Finally a cloud came up. I was watching and hoping and praying that this cloud would settle over my house for a little while and it did. We have been so dry here in the south. The governor has declared a state of emergency for the drought conditions initiating a state wide ban on burning. There have been fires due to the dry conditions.


I thought while I was watching the cloud come up that I'd take a couple of pics before the rains come and knock down the blooms. The white dianthus with the red verbena is beautiful together. Your eyes aren't bad - the photos are blurry. Don't ask me...




And then the winds came. Ya'll it is still early in evening - not dark yet but the cloud overhead made it real dark.

Darla wanted to see my butterfly lit up. Isn't it pretty.

And it rained and...

then it rained some more... I'm not complaining. 

And it rained yesterday too. When I got home yesterday I caught a few pics before it started raining again. Everything was beat down pretty good. The red verbena is laying down.

The winds beat up the larkspur. I'm still not complaining. 

I hate to hurt your eyes. This the best out of 6 pics of the tiny balloon flower. Darla sent me the seeds. This baby was hiding behind the snapdragon. It was so low to the ground I couldn't get myself down low enough to get a good pic. Sorry. These ole knees are bad and I can't stoop down.

I dashed into the rain to get this one for ya. Had to hold it's face up for the camera. Why do dahlias hang their heads so bad. This ones wet so thats the reason it's hanging its head but I've noticed that about dahlias.

I am just so thankful to receive the rain on my pretty flowers. I heard them singing when the rain fell. All the ones that lay on the ground will perk up. Thats the good thing about flowers - they take the damage and will probably be prettier next week. Its time for pruning/deadheading and fertilizing. I wouldn't dare put any fertilizer on while we were so dry.

I hope you all are having a good day and have a wonderful weekend.


23 comments:

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Everything is looking so lovely. You certainly have a way with the plants. I use too, but in the last few years it seems I have developed a brown thumb. I have even killed Marigolds! Go figure. After I retire I am determined to get my green thumb back. In the meantime I will just continue to plant my flowers in my pots (for now) and hope for the best.

Glad you finally got some rain. Drought conditions are so scary. We have certainly have had our share here in California.

Daisy said...

I'm so glad to hear you got some rain, Becca. You've had quite a dry spell down there. Your flowers are very pretty, and you're right, they will perk back up again after the rain is done. I hope you have a nice weekend! :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Your garden is looking beautiful despite being dry. We have had rain all around us but we still have had nothing :-(( Diane

Patsy said...

It will all bounce back after the rain. The flowers look nice.I like the butterful.

Patsy said...

I mean butterfly LOL

Loretta said...

Those colors together are beautiful!
You gotta love the rain, especially when it's dry, but afterwards the flowers are so beat up! Not to worry, you'll have more to share with us!I hated leaving mine, so I have yours to make me happy! Many hugs!

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

I am so excited you got some rain...we got a teasing sprinkle on the weekend but not even close to enough to give me a break from watering the plants...the poor farmers need it so so bad...and yup fires because of the dry heat...We can smell the wild fire that is about 30minutes drive from here whenever we open the door.

Lets pray AL and Fl get some more of that lovely wet stuff soon.

Blessing Kelsie

Carol said...

Glad you got the rain you needed! Everything looks great and like you said will look even better next week :)

imac said...

Im glad you got your rain my friend.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Becca,

I am glad you finally got some rain, you can take ours for awhile.

We have had some pretty heavy storms and again today. The white and red flowers together look striking.

Eileen

Rosemary said...

I am sure I too heard the flowers singing in the rain....So glad you have gotten some rain. Not wild weather...

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Becca, your garden is lovely...you are a lucky duck! It has not rained here in weeks. *sadface*

cherry said...

Rain sweet, sweet rain I want some.
Looking pretty around here.
Happy Friday hope you and yours have a beautiful weekend.
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Marie said...

Rain is good, especially here in SoCal where we always have drought. Your garden will be so thankful. Love the dahlias and the butterfly lit up is amazing!

Stopping by from Cottage Flora Thursdays. Better late than never, right?
-Marie

Carla said...

Hadn't thought of dias and verbenas together...hmmmmmmm; rain is a lovely thing isn't it? Hoping it will (gently and throughy) where needed...

Darla said...

Red Verbena and the white dianthus are really good together..so, so, glad you got come rain. Your balloon flower will get better every year and self seed some.

PJ | Outdoor Garden Decor said...

Even some of the pictures are a bit blurry, they are still very nice pictures and show the beauty of the blossoms.

Sounds like some people still do get rain. ;)
Here in our town we went through another week of no rain - at least our neighborhood where I am living.
There were some storms around but for whatever reason we did not see any rain again and my plants could need a good rain so bad.
Well, maybe next week. LOL
Have a wonderful weekend
Paula Jo

Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Hi Becca, it's crazy that your area is in a drought and here in the PNW, we have had so much rain, cloudy days that we are surpassing records set in the 1940's for rainfall and cool temps! Glad you got some relief, it's a shame the rain comes down so heavy to knock your blooms down, but at least you got some rain! Happy FF!

Fishtail Cottage said...

oh, i love that butterfly lit up! so pretty! thanks for sharing at Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, traci

Susan said...

Love your pictures. Rain is always good to have, because after the rain and the dead heading and fertilizer and a bit more water, everything will come back even better!

Alice

Ginger said...

So glad you got some rain, Becca!

Love the red and white combo. The red verbena looks so healthy!

Ginger said...

Becca,by the way, I fixed the Followers button on the new blog (gibsonswafford.blogspot.com)

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

I love the red verbena and have planted some, but they didn't make it. So I must try again because yours are very pretty. My Dianthus plants do pretty good most of the time. I'm your new follower and would love to have you visit and follow my blog, too. Have a wonderful day.