Thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea, the summer rainy season got off to a rousing start in my garden, with more than 10.5 inches of rain in the past seven days!
In between soakings -- and partly to relieve the forced "cabin fever" of being cooped up -- I strolled through my yard. Taking the time to look at my plants in detail reminded me of how rainfall amplifies their beauty. Fresh and clean, even the most mundane of plants assumes an aura of newness, a sheen of self-satisfaction.
Is there anything more lovely than a garden after a rain?
Magenta passion flower is dripping with happiness...
A simple echevarria shimmers with pearly drops...
Perfect oval beads dangle from the tubular flowers of firecracker fern...
The huge flat fronds of Monstera deliciosa, also known
as swiss cheese plant, are dappled with raindrops...
While this cluster of buds on
the agapanthus (Lily of the
Nile) looks as though it can't
wait to pop open and
welcome the sun.
Dainty cutleaf coneflower, a Florida native that fares much better in my landscape than the more common purple variety, stands proudly like a golden sentinel among the orange cuphea (cigarflower) and purple porterweed in my butterfly garden.
It's summer in Florida, and my plants couldn't be happier.
How about yours?