With a sigh, we tell you that it’s raining again on Cape Cod this morning.
We did have a few days of sunshine (and on Saturday even enough heat, finally, to break the fan out of the closet) and I’ll get to that in a moment, but with that day and a half of nice weather, that brings our total of sunny days this June to about seven. The roses are developing blackspot. Lots of other things, owing to the nice spring that preceded Rainy June, are blooming a little early (and thanks to the rain, sort of briefly).
I try to remain upbeat and positive about this – all the cruddy weather is giving me plenty of opportunities to continue on doing stuff inside the Nest, which is kind of fun. But I wouldn’t mind a little more time for walking or biking…and I’ve abbreviated some of my gardening plans thanks to the nearly-perpetual rain. Still, perspective is key, and I am (for now) safely away from the shoreline of the Atlantic, which was pretty well ravaged by last week’s nor’easter. And we aren’t the only ones to have been impacted by the storminess and the rains.
Of course its hardly all doom and gloom. The catawba (AKA, catalpa) tree in the backyard has come into bloom this weekend. I’ll try to get you a better photo of the blooms, which are sort of distinctive and orchid-like. I may need a step-ladder, though.
Meanwhile, as I mentioned, the sun has shone recently and we enjoyed it as much as we could in the limited time it was with us. There was time to deadhead all the pansies and marigolds and things which had become sodden and melty-looking…and also time for some fresh blossoms to open up in the warm golden light. The pollinators couldn’t have looked happier in the morning sunshine, flitting about the deck as they moved from planter to planter, collecting the best of each blossom. In other news, it appears that the baby robins from under the deck have fledged and are gone. Oh, how quickly we grow up!
Oh, one correction I need to offer. Last week, when I wrote of potting up a red, white and blue arrangement in advance of next week’s July Fourth celebrations, I referred to the blue component as convolvulus, which is wrong. I believe that’s actually the name for morning glories. What I actually planted – and I want to be clear on this, since it’s a fantastic little annual for container planting – is Evolvulus Glomeratus. Since I planted it, it’s begun to bloom a little. Here’s one of it’s pretty blue flowers, to help convince you that you really ought to pick one up for your garden.
I don’t have too much else to say this morning. In lieu of any Pride Celebrations (I was glad to hear NYC’s were not rained out this weekend, a minor miracle. BTW, have you read this?), I’ll leave you with the rainbow of flowers we enjoyed during our all-too-brief, but delightful flirtation with the Sun.