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Heavy rain warning + Severe thunderstorm warning

Saturday, 23 Jun 12 Rainy 23°C / 73°F

It rained overnight but this morning while it was dry, I decided to do a few more jobs in the garden.

The Sweetpeas in the planters are getting tall enough that they need something to climb up or something to direct them where to climb. The Camelia planter got some short canes leading into the Camelia’s branches, and the planter next to it got a tall tripod of canes with some netting wrapped around it, not very aesthetic but it will do the job and hopefully the flowering sweetpeas will hid the tripod. There are still some tulip leaves which haven’t died back yet in that planter, I might get some ‘basket stuffer’ trailing plant to cover the bottom and hang over the sides of the planter. There are 6 planters with Sweetpeas, 5 sorted and one left that needs something to climb up. That is the one by Bay Box and the seedlings are still quite small.

All of the seeded planters got a dose (I hope not an overdose) of Miracle Grow Shake and Feed pellets, the so-called soil in those planters seems completely lacking in nutrients as evidenced by the Chard I grew last year which was all of 3" high at the end of Summer.

Tied up some of Clematii branches that were lying on the ground or waving in the wind. Both the Golden Tiara and Mme Julia Correvon have reached the top of the trellis, the Not Niobe has grown to barely 4 ft and looks as though it is struggling. Along the base of the house in House it is very dry despite all the rain, so I emptied the bucket of rain water along the back of that bed. Clematis ‘Black Prince’ near the Boysenberry has reached the top of that arch.

Added some more real soil to the Potato planter, the potatoes in the front of the planter where the sun warms the soil are much bigger than the plants at the back.

By mid-day the clouds had thickened up and begun to look decidedly threatening, so far heavy showers but no thunder, strong gusts or large hail which are in the forecast. What a June!

A hummingbird flashed close to the window in the sitting room looking to see if any of the honeysuckle flowers were open. I wonder what they do in this very heavy rain, there are plenty of trees for shelter but feeding must be a problem. At this moment I don’t think there are any flowers in my garden to attract humming birds.

Photos: Clematis Not Niobe with an odd flower; the first of the self-seeded Foxgloves to flower in House, west end; this is a mystery plant, I guess I will have to wait until the flower opens to find out what it is; the gorgeous peonies now getting bashed down by the rain; the potato planter


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  • HollyBee

    HollyBee wrote:

    Oh no … not more rain! I keep watching the news about the flooding or maybe flooding. Hope all goes well with you.

    Posted on 24 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • rainymountain

    rainymountain wrote:

    We are not really at risk of flooding here as the town stands quite high above the river but the accummulation of run-off further down river and on other rivers does raise fears of flooding. We are more likely to get landslides along the TransCanada which blocks this main route for hours, if not days.

    Posted on 24 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Your weather is so similar to ours that I wonder if you aren’t actually here, in the UK! ;-)) We had some more heavy rain overnight, too! I woke up around 3 in the morning & I could hear the rain beating on the bedroom windows. I must have lain a wake in bed for around an hour, listening to the rain! Not voluntarily mind you!

    Today it started off with clouds & a little sun, later it grew more cloudy & about 15 mins before I left to go to church we had a really heavy shower. Fortunately it only lasted around 10 mins at most so I was able to go without fear of getting wet!

    The next half week we are forecast only occasional showers but we will still have a lot of clouds & we won’t be seeing wall to wall sunshine.

    Posted on 24 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    What can I say apart from “rain, rain go away”!

    Posted on 24 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

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