Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rainy Day Blues

Well, friends, it's raining again - for the third day in a row. And not just nice, gentle rain, but big cloudbursts, sending sheets of water zipping down the road toward us! Luckily, we have excellent drainage and none of it is entering the house.

Nonetheless, we are in good spirits and this post will just meander on about what's been happening over the past few days.

Last week, I was stacking some of the firewood we had delivered last week and I came across what I thought looked like a piece of lichen. Much to my surprise, the lichen opened his eyes and looked at me!

The rain has kept me out of the garden, but I've been busy knitting away the hours in the house.

I finished this vest this week.......

and popped out a quick wine cozy.

We did have a beautiful, sunny day last Tuesday, so we took advantage of it to revisit Asticou Azalea Garden and make the first of our summer visits to Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor.

Most of the azaleas had already bloomed out, but there was enough color left to make for a wonderful visit.

there were so many photo opportunities........

each one lovlier than the next.

At Thuya Garden, the blooming had not begun in earnest, but there was still plenty to delight the eye!

These Himalayan Blue Poppies were stunning.

These cute little Blue Orchard Bee (BOB) houses were peppered throughout the garden. H has promised to make a few for our garden.

The above link about the bees was quite interesting.

And last, but not least, we discovered who the thief with the sweet tooth was who had been draining the hummingbird feeder on the nights that I forgot to bring it in.

This little guy is obviously a descendant of "Big Booda, the Fat Raccoon", who undoubtedly grew so fat he could no longer make it up the stairs to raid the feeders.

And that pretty much sums up the highlights of the past week. Despite the rain, we are grateful for the cool weather and wish we could send all you southerners a respite from the awful heat you are experiencing.

Life is Good and Soggy!

Hugs, Giddy


Anonymous said...

Glad you are staying dry. Our sump pump came on a few times, but no big floods, just some water in the garden, of course.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Giddy girl .. loved that mystery toad and wine cozy ! and of course all the pictures of that amazing garden .. this time last year we were on our second raccoon catcher-man and we were finally making progress with having mom and kids LEAVE the attic ..
It wasn't raining this morning so I rain out with my home made pest spray doing my bit to help the roses and lilies out .. strange weather this year eh ?

Giddy said...

Yes, very strange weather. I sure wish the sun would come out. The rain is good for the garden, but a lot of my perennials are drooping to the ground!

Zoey said...

Hi Giddy,
I do hope the rain has stopped by now.

That is the same kind of toad that I get on my deck every year. They blend right in with my white railings.

Those are some beautiful garden pictures. I always love touring other gardens, though I have not done much of it the past few years.

It's getting hot here now. I much prefer the high 60 degree weather.

jemkagily said...

What a cute gray tree frog! It's lucky you spotted it before Spike and Sluggo did! I didn't know they managed to get through the winters up North where you are.
Lovely photos as always.


Anonymous said...

The sun is shining here! A bit muggy, but I can stand that. The air feels like we might be a storm later.

My, haven't you been busy! Does you knitting group meet in the summer? Your work is so lovely. Hard to believe the same hands that start wood can do that dainty work, but that's a Maine woman for you.

I haven't been to that garden. It looks inviting.

Avis said...

Is that a frog? Amazing! Those gardens are breathtaking. I planted Himalayan blue poppy seeds but they didn't sprout! I guess I'll have to try again next year...