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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Rains

It has been raining here for days. And not just showers but heavy downpours. As my English dad use to say "it is raining cats and dogs"! I'm not sure where that saying originated from but it is used regularly in my home. The reservoirs are all full now which is a rarity here in Georgia. The plants are also enjoying the spring rains.  As a result, I expect to see masses of blooms in April.

For a short time today it stopped pouring so I took the opportunity to take a walk through the garden. This is what was awaiting me...


The variegated Euphorbia was covered in rain drops...leaves, stems and blooms. Most of the blooms were heavily weighed down from all the water.


The blooms on the knock out roses are just beginning to open.


The Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett') is ready for the hummers to arrive. They should be here any day now. I usually spot the first one sometime during the first week of April.


I bought this hanging basket of fuchsia just for the hummers and hung it back in the woodland garden where there is dappled sunlight. They enjoyed them so much last year I thought I would treat them again to the pink and purple eardrop shaped flowers.


The encore azaleas have a few blooms but should be in full force in the next week or so.


This little spider (Can you see him in there?) was trying to take refuge in this sedum. I am not sure how well that is going to work out for him with all that water in there. Poor little fellow.


The blooms on the Coral Bark Maple are covered in water droplets and looking so pretty dangling amongst the leaves. Tomorrow calls for clearing skies in the afternoon. It will be nice to catch a glimpse of sunshine. We haven't seen him in a while.

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose
I would always greet it in a garden.
- Ruth Stout

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos. Everything looks so pretty with a dose of spring rain.

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  2. Wow so beautiful! These spring rains have been just what we needed.. I only wish I had a chance to get out with my camera too! The fuchsia is stunning.

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  3. Beautiful shots, Karin - so fresh looking with the water droplets on them, and gorgeous colors !

    By the way, do you know what's worse than raining cats and dogs ?

    .... hailing taxis !

    ;-)

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  4. I have to admit, these are the best raindrop shots I have seen in a long while. Another friend was saying it was raining all day and I encouraged her to go out and take photos. She also has a lot in bloom to show. She did not post yet, but yours are spectacular. I have yet to get the essence of the raindrops like you did. Still trying.

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  5. Right now its snowing here in southeastern PA after being unseasonably cold (21 degrees at night) for more than a week. I always say I like cool wet springs because the flowers last forever. Be careful what you asked for. I guess I forgot to define cool.

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  6. Hoping for April showers here ... Your parade of lovely images are delightful!

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  7. Karin, these are delightful! I especially love the fuchsia photo...I can nearly smell the spring dampness in the air. :) thanks for sharing these.

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  8. Thank you Marquerite, Lisa, Joey & Hanni!

    LOL Rick & thank you!

    GWGT, you are so sweet! Your photographs are always such an inspiration to me.

    Carolyn, you are right, I will probably regret saying that when we are in the midst of the summer heat & drought just wishing it would rain. Oh, I can't believe you are getting snow again!

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  9. Wonderful shots! Hang a basket of fuchsia in the woodland garden? I had not thought of that, but what a great idea! I will definitely do that. Thanks for the idea!

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  10. the flowers look beautiful in their raincoats.....glistening is a word that comes to mind...enjoy the April showers!!

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  11. Jennifer@threedogsinthegarden
    All your flower shots look for fresh and pretty covered in glistening raindrops.

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  12. We've had a lot of rain, too. Last night as I was checking my soil pH, in the dark with a flashlight because I am truly insane, I could hear the water percolating through the soil. Very cool! I haven't bought fuschia in a while but love their bright colors. I think I'll add them to my list! :o)

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  13. Beautiful shots Karin! Lucky you to have so much rain...send it our way, please! We are sooo dry. Thunder and a lot of wind this morning but hardly a trace of rain.

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  14. Rain is a source of effects for photo with flora, your images are beautiful. Lula

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