Summer’s Rainy Welcome

last_lavenderHeavy showers throughout the night have snatched some of the petals from this still-pretty, lavender rhododendron.  We haven’t given Summer a very warm welcome, but I don’t suppose she minds the rain.  It is Mother Nature’s welcome mat, after all.  Rain is still in the forecast for most of this week.  I hope it does some good.

last_pinkThe pink rhododendron, alas, has been all but stripped naked by the rain and brisk winds.  It still creates a beautiful picture, however, and the birds seem to love foraging in this lovely pink carpet.

bridalwreath_hedgeThis spirea forms a twenty-foot hedge as a divider between this and a neighbouring apartment building.  This picture was taken on Friday past, and the flowers have started to wane in the wet weather, but it was really quite beautiful at its peak; I wish I’d taken a better shot of the length of it so you could get the full effect.

I’m always gobsmacked by how eagerly we anticipate these wonderful spring blooms AND by how quickly they come and vanish.  Such is Nature’s wonderful, enduring cycle, I suppose — as soon as one bloom dies, there’s something else waiting with colours ready to explode.  Throughout our long winter, we think that spring will never come and get excited over the smallest sign — then when it does finally arrive, it almost steamrolls over us and we are hardpressed to keep ahead of things!

According to The Farmer’s Almanac, summer in our eastern Atlantic region will be:  “…cooler and rainier than normal, with the hottest temperatures in early July and mid-August.  September and October will be cooler than normal with near-normal precipitation. Watch for the remnants of a hurricane in mid-September.” You can check on weather predictions for your area here.

For today, I’ll just enjoy listening to the rain.  I hope all you Dads enjoyed your Father’s Day!

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6 thoughts on “Summer’s Rainy Welcome

  1. Ah, I love the rainfall. However, like you we had more than our fair share this spring. Why rain cannot come in equal spats is beyond me, leaving time for the sunshine to dry and nourish our plants. Love your photos and prose, dear.

  2. I just wish all these lovely spring blooms lasted longer…the rain got our too. We just got dumped on! The kids had fun in the puddles though…kids see the good in everything! Kim

  3. Love your spirea! We’re cool and rainy here in New York, but that’s a-okay with me as the plants are really soaking up this moisture!

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