Monday, March 19, 2012

WHEN HEAVY RAINS THREATENS

This gardener is very happy for the rain but at the same time the gardening blogger knows what she has to do. Go out there with her camera and take photos of things that may no longer be there in a day's time. They are forecasting as much as 6" of rain, and possible hail and right now the winds are very strong as the cold front moves closer.


The cross vine, Bignonia capreolata 'tangerine beauty' is almost in full bloom. In the English garden the vine has crept onto the gate.


and up into the Yaupon holly, Ilex vomitoria, where it has replaced the long-gone berries.


The vine also grows on the pool wall where it cascades over the other side. It would like to go onto this gate also but if it did the gate would be sealed shut.


It looks as though it is time to cut back the vine on the greenhouse. The trellis was supposed to support cucumbers but the vine put paid to that idea years ago.


Years ago I put a few freesia bulbs in the garden. They were under the dwarf wax myrtle ( which by the way is no dwarf) Yesterday, while standing talking to visitors by the myrtle, I saw a glimpse of magenta.
Two freesias in bloom. No point leaving them there for only the pill bugs to enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. I know you said it has to go, but the one on the greenhouse trellis is a stunner! The two colors of leaves plus the blooms is fantastic!

    How long do the blooms last, and does it rebloom?

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    1. This is the big bloom then a few blooms throughout the year, depending on the weather. I tired to remove this one from the greenhouse but if you leave a little root behind it comes back. There is n getting rid of it once you have it.

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  2. Wow and here I thought we were getting all the rain, hail and snow! Good to know it's getting spread around a bit.

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    1. I know you guys have been having some really bad weather. Just spoke with friends in Seattle this morning. I hope we get some rain out of this one.

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  3. The crossvine looks stunning against the wall. I've heard many say they don't care for orange blooms, but I just don't know how you couldn't like a bunch of happy flowers like that! I hope I didn't over-prepare for the rain and thereby keep it away. I moved everything in that might get blown over and am just praying I still have some columbine flowers in the morning.

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  4. It just passed through....two days of cold rain and snow. Get ready to cover your plants up on the final day as the system exits. It is super cold here tonight in Tucson. Great rain!!! But the first time this year that I've had to cover my plants!!!

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  5. It's scary when the weather service predicts scary stuff. I had heavy rain, but nothing is the worse for wear--just soaked. Your crossvine is lovely--it's a wonderful vine.

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  6. First, I love your crossvine on the fence. It looks like garland.
    Second, how much rain did you end up getting? Are you familiar with COCORAHS the network of volunteers who record perception and publish the results online? There must be a volunteer in my neighborhood because he or she noted 2.3" – exactly what my rain gauge showed. I feel lucky. Some parts of San Antonio only received 1.5" I hope you got your expected 6". The lakes still need the help.
    http://www.cocorahs.org/Maps/ViewMap.aspx?state=usa

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  7. The cross vine is stunning and I love the vase you have your freesias in.

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