Saturday, July 26, 2008

Stormy Saturday: more staggering rainfall

Pinch me, I can't believe we got so much rain this week.

Today's severe thunderstorm brought almost 1 and a half inches of rain. It was quite scary when torrential rain turned to hail for a few minutes and a hurricane-like wind whipped through.

I was out on the front porch with the camera when a particularly nasty thunderclap sounded right on top of the house, so I ran back in. I heard later that my neighbour was so frightened she went down to her basement. Amazingly, no big tree limbs came down here.

The view from the front porch during the storm

As someone who got shell shocked by last year's record dry summer, I wasn't expecting any better from this summer, especially when May and June started off almost as dry. So this soggy July, the wettest we've experienced in our decade here, is quite a surprise.

Total rainfall this week: a shade over 4 inches. That's more than we got all last summer. The lawn looks awesome (you can't even see the creeping Charlie, at least not in the picture). I've never seen the grass this lush in July. There's a lot of mowing in my future.

After today's and the week's storms: the lawn all greened up again

The semi-circular perennial bed after the storm

© Yvonne Cunnington, Country Gardener

4 comments:

  1. This is very much a different year than last Yvonne. I love the picture of the storm, but I don't blame your neighbor for heading "south"! Ever since our microburst in '95 I'm a chicken when it comes to storms.
    Hey is that the pinky winky hydrangea in the picture? I got two this spring for my garden but they really haven't done anything this year. I hope they survive!
    The lawn looks great!! Happy mowing!

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  2. Hi Eve: No, it isn't Pink Winky, but a perennial that's as big as a shrub, giant white fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha).

    Cheers, Yvonne

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  3. Yvonne, I'm totally impressed with your hypertufa collection! Can we see a post of what's planted in them - hopefully lots of interesting alpine plants!

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  4. Hi Blue Fox: I wish I could help you there, but the troughs plants are my husband's handiwork. We made the troughs together, but he planted them up because he's the alpine gardener here. I'm somewhat clueless in that realm.

    I would ask him, but he's in England at the moment. Suffice to say they are alpines and dwarf conifers. Thanks for visiting! Cheers, Yvonne

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