Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Something About Rain





There's cause and effect. The rain this summer has nearly reached some older record totals. Sometimes, like this evening, it sort of sweeps through- a brief, wild rage (it's red on radar) - and then it's gone. Other days, including weekends, it comes and stays awhile. And it's colder than it probably should be, although I'd be the last to complain about that!

So things are still growing here on WillOaks Farm. The colors continue to both shock and please the eyes in parts of the gardens. The layers, such as I noted in earlier studies, continue to change and evolve. They are often quite bright and warm these days.

Our pastures, without horses at this time, and loaded with mature grasses, take on the subtle beige and golden tones of ripened grain. The corn is well over 7 feet tall and ears are maturing well, despite being planted at least 3 or 4 weeks later than preferred.

And even planters and window boxes thrive, despite my often benign neglect...all thanks to rain that has truly blessed us this year. Yes, there have been years past, in fact just about 3 years ago, when drought was the name of the summer. Our pond dropped a good 2 feet below the normal edge. Everything became quite parched. Crops suffered.

But not this year. The water table is high and the wells still taste sweet. There's really just something about rain....something to be grateful for....

13 comments:

Sara Katt said...

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Hi!
It's raining here too, on this side of the pond!
Best wishes from Sweden and Christina Wigren, who has just come in from pouring rain in Norrkoping, Sweden.

Dori said...

Your gardens are so beautiful. I love the gorgeous varieties of color. Thanks for sharing :)

ArtSnark said...

wonderful pics!

Clara said...

We're on the other side of Lake Michigan. It's raining pretty steady here today. The rain sure has given you some beautiful flowers. I love the colors and the varieties. Your gardens are amazing!

Pricilla said...

Oh, my. The colors. No wonder you are so inspired.
They look good enough to eat. heh heh

Sandee said...

The flowers are beautiful. Yes, the rain is a wonderful thing. I live in Central California. Everything is so very dry. I would gladly welcome the rain.

Have a terrific day. :)

Nancy said...

Plus it sets a great backdrop for sleeping!

yoon see said...

Such lovely photos.
Love the pastures and they are my dream greener pastures too:)
H...He...
Look fresh and feel so comfortable!

PJ said...

i really miss the rain. there is something so refreshing about it, cleansing, revitalizing. your photos are absolutely gorgeous! have a great day my friend!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Beautiful photos, as usual. It rained HARD here last evening and then again in the middle of the night. Fortunately it didn't get too cold. I worried that my horse would get chilled but she was fine this morning. It is already looking like Fall here. Our summers are so short. Thanks for sharing the pics!

Lin said...

Oh my, that first photo is just lovely!! The colors, the textures--you outdid yourself. Nice, nice work!!

Yeah, it's raining here too. But we needed it, so it's good news.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful flowers and colors! You have such a nice garden..

Charity Joy Bell Childs said...

Lovely flowers...the black-eyed susans... :) siiigghh... :)

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