Wishetwurra, After a Big Rain

We had a truly torrential rain yesterday. About two inches fell in about two hours, which is a good cloudburst around here. Up towards the Cape Cod Canal there were some areas that got over four inches. Our 24-hour total was 2.30″.

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The official CoCoRaHS rain gauge, in overflow mode. We don’t often see overflow mode. 

In late afternoon, after the rain had stopped, I went out to see how the garden had fared. Some sweet peas were swept off their strings.

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Droplet-spangled sweet peas, after the rain. 

The borage was beaten down.

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Wreckage of borage, not even good for forage or storage. 

The daylilies were at the end of their time anyway, but they looked far worse for wear than is usual.

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Drenched daylily, also known as hammered hemerocallis. 

Some flowers are sturdier than others.

The asters looked just fine.

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The asters have just started blooming. Floral fireworks fit for the Fourth!

The tiny tomatoes sheltered in place.

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Wee paste tomato-ettes, still white and unripe. The redness of August will soon be here.   

I planted the corn 24″ apart this year, instead of the 18″ of last year. The plants are sturdy, and except for one slightly leaning hill, the rain did not sway them.

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Striated leaves nurture tassels and silks. 

A garlic flower stayed partly dry..

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Behatted garlic scape, sheath unshed.

Last year’s planting of dark (“black”) hollyhocks all died. But not before seeding, and the seed yielded up some volunteers, as dark and striking as the parent plants.

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Single-flowered dark maroon hollyhocks. Speckled with liquid lenses. 

On the deck, where inside plants go to vacation, saucers under pots were full.

The rain lilies have woken, and suddenly thrust up buds.

The potted “lily of the Nile” is abloom.

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Lily of the Nile, or agapanthus. “Love flower” in the original Greek. Blue, blue, blue.

A is for agapanthus.

B is for brugmansia.

Our pink brugmansia is blooming.

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Every evening the flowers emit incredibly sweet scent. Whiffs of fragrance waft through open windows at dusk and nighttime. You can smell brugmansia from many yards away. 

Straight on or from the side, the brugmansia, also called “Angel’s Trumpet”, is not just beautiful to the nose…

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It’s also beautiful to the eye.

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