Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Little Tour of My Brain, Part 5 - The Rain

I love the rain. This is a fortunate thing because it does rain a fair bit on the West Coast. After all of the record breaking heat that we have had it has now turned unseasonably cooler and for a few days wetter. The sun is back. The other day when there was a mild drizzle outside I grabbed the camera and took some pictures of the garden. Here they are, enjoy them.

This is our 1960's faux bois birdbath.

We love hollyhocks and gather seeds from any new colours that we come across.

Every year we fill about 15 or more pots with flowers for the back patio. This is a close-up of some of them.

More pots of flowers sprawling in a very haphazard manner. I bought the black iron plant stand at a Salvation Army Store years ago.

More hollyhocks, the day was very grey and at this moment not raining too hard. By the time I got back in the house I was a little damp, but it was worth it.

Every year we get all kinds of volunteer plants. Some of them are flowers that we have no idea where they have come from and some are vegetables that have sprouted from the compost. Our habit of gathering seeds wherever we go and then broadcasting them around the garden accounts for most of the flowers. Last year I threw out some gourds that had been around for several years. We now have lots of gourds and squash or pumpkins growing in the garden and the compost. We will see what has grown when they ripen later on in the early autumn.

Last but not least our dahlias that grew at the base of a flowering cherry that we took out two years ago. We planted a fig tree that a neighbour gave us in the same spot as the cherry tree but the harsh winter killed it. This year all that is growing in the lawn in that very same spot are these dahlias and a few other small flowers. We didn't have the heart to get rid of them. They will come out later and in their place will probably be grass, but for now we have lovely soft pink dahlias.

I must get back to work. I am in the midst of building a giant lunch box for Hillside Shopping Centre.

I haven't listed the Hallowe'en candy container ornaments yet but hope too soon.

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