Early this morning, during a break from the rain, I stepped outside to take some photos. There’s a paddling pool in the back garden that wasn’t there before.
And the rain has continued most of the day. Dams are full, rivers have almost broken their banks, swirling brown water rushes along every creek, people are being warned to be on the alert and not to drive though flood waters.
I have (accidentally) driven through flood water in the dark which was a terrifying experience. By the time I realised the car was in the water, it was too late and there was no option but to drive on through. I don’t recommend this to anyone. I thought I was going to be on the news: a foolish woman (and her husband) sitting on top of their car waiting to be rescued.
(In case people think that happened, we made it through the flood unscathed – the sitting on top of the car thing is a result of my guilt for doing something dangerous)
But, I digress. The purpose of this post is not to illustrate the consequences of foolish behaviour, but to find six things in the garden and join in with the Propagator and the rest of the Six on Saturday crowd. As ever, you can admire gardens near and far by clicking on this link.
One: Scilla peruviana hughii makes an appearance on this blog about this time every year. There are more flowers this year, but I’m afraid it gives every indication of being a thug, seeding prolifically. I’m going to have to do some serious thinning out when the flowers are finished: it’s taking over the nearby iris.
Two: The May bushes have been beautiful, but they are weighed down by rain.
Three: Lavender, also bowed down.
Four: October is when the perfectly named Leptospermum ’Pink Cascade’ features, accompanied by a white Weigela. Truly, ’Pink Cascade’ is not fazed by anything, flowering reliably every year in a splendid display, unbothered by torrent or tempest.
Five: Also happy with the weather are Ceonothus and Helicrysum petiolare, making a nice colour combination in the front garden. The garden at the front of the house is on quite a slope, so excess water isn’t an issue there.
Six: You could almost be fooled into thinking this is a perfect white rose, but it’s a Ranunculus, accompanied by Geum ’Mai Thai’.
The growth in the garden has been amazing so far this spring and I’m constantly astonished that plants haven’t just given up after sitting in water for so much of the time. As amazing as the growth of plants has been the growth of weeds. They’re ‘plants’ too, of course, and they’re growing lushly, lavishly and luxuriantly while the weather is too wet for me to pull them out.
And as Peter Cundall, a much-loved presenter on Gardening Australia used to say, ‘That’s your bloomin’ lot for this week.’
Weather today: Rain, 14 – 19 degrees C. Happy gardening everyone.