Friday, May 16, 2014

Small homes, bad weather……………

Thanks to many of you who agreed the aging bird houses should stay. I'm glad several of you noticed that this Spring the birds had made their nest in the box with the cat ~~~ that is so funny. I recall buying these boxes at Tuesday Morning many years ago - at least eight - so I suppose they have stood the test of time in the elements quite well.

Speaking of the elements, yesterday was a terrible day here. During the daylight hours and then continuing through the night into the early hours of this morning, we received almost 6 inches of rain. The heavens seemed to open, heralded by thunderclaps and emergency vehicle sirens as waters rose causing much flooding. Above is the water cascading down our driveway, filling our cul-de-sac so that it quickly resembled a pond…and below, the Confederate jasmine whipped about the front porch tossing its heady perfume through the soaking wet air.

Many flowers, especially the roses, petunias, geraniums, and clematis took a beating ~ my precious foxglove, still in a pot, was grabbed at the start of the storm and sheltered on the porch to save its pretty bells from being turned to a wet mush.

We had quite a lot of water in the crawlspace of the cottage due to heavy water run off from the neighbor's garden behind the fence, plus the start of a pool in the back garden, all of which needs to be addressed before another storm such as this comes calling.

Mother Nature is so fickle - hanging about for far too long and dumping so much heavy rain. Today the sun appeared and cleanup began. This evening we dined in the gazebo, enjoying the sunset and much cooler air, and compared it to last evening when we felt we were already floating away on our cruise!!!


  1. Wow, that was quite the storm. The weather these days seems to be one extreme or the other. We're still pretty normal out on our island, but it's been much drier than other springs so I wonder what the summer will hold.
    Glad you saved your pretty foxgloves.

  2. Hello Mary:

    Poor you to see all of your hard work in the garden wrecked by such torrential rain which, because of the volume, seldom does good as it fails to soak in but simply runs off the surface as, clearly, it has done with you. And then there is the aftermath of clearing up and putting everything to rights once more. We do hope that you will be spared anything similar. Enjoy your weekend and find some time to relax!!

  3. Oh, that is a lot of rain! That system has dragged itself from your state and up into Canada and we'll be getting the rain from it over the next few days. Actually our forests are very dry right now even after all the snow and rain of winter and spring and there is a fire ban on. We can't have a bonfire this weekend and we have a pile of brush to burn. Have a lovely weekend!

  4. So glad you were not affected by the tornadoes that accompanied this storm! We just had a little bit of rain, but it is much cooler now. We are suppose to have rain again tomorrow and then on Monday it gets nice again. After finally finishing our pergola, it has been to wet to use it!

  5. Hello Mary,hope you've dried out a bit today? Thank you so much for your lovely comments over at my blog today, it's lovely to meet you ... What a pretty blog you have!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and hope the sun's shining for you

    Love, Claire xx

  6. Your garden is so beautiful. Good idea to see what you can do to stop that ponding water before it happens again. We had flooding here in Gulf Breeze two weeks ago. Some areas had 20 to 24 inches of rain in 24 hours. So many people who had never flooded before had 2 to 3 feet of water in their homes.

  7. So glad the birdhouses got to stay. I hope there is time to dry out before the next storm - that surely is an amazing amount of water all at once!
    Here we are having some much appreciated relief from the heat wave, and the cooler weather is helping with fighting the wildfires. None of those near us, thankfully.

  8. Thank goodness you thought to shelter the foxgloves prior to the storm. They are gorgeous!
    We had some wild weather here too this week. Although the rain has made for easy weed pulling, which is always welcome. We're also enjoying the cooler weekend before things heat up again.

  9. Oh my goodness, that is alot of rain. So glad it didn't last longer than it did and that you floated down the road.
    Glad also that you rescued the foxglove. What an adventure. It would be hard to sleep during a storm such as this.

  10. Wow - amazing storm - I'm glad you saved the foxglove. The cooler evening sounds wonderful.

  11. Dear Mary,

    Thank you very much for your kind comment on my blog! What a lovely garden you have! I hope the rain did not damage the flowers too much. Yes, the Hattatts are coming :-)! I am looking forward to their visit very much!!!

    Wishing you a happy week!

    Madelief x

  12. It is still cool here in the NC mountains. We had wind and rain also. Lost power for a few hours. Love your birdhouses and the new Anthropologie store. Their books and kitchen items are awesome.


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