Even the zinnias are standing taller

Whew. We finally got some rain.  And there’s more on the way.

It goes without saying that it’s been a long hot summer. If my plants could talk, they’d say, “Put out the fire. Get me some water.”

My plants are about two weeks behind schedule. Flowers have been coming slowly in dahlialand and the Russian sage is extremely dry. My petunias dried right up, but my husband says I never could grow them anyway. Exact quote: “You are the only person I know who can’t grow petunias. My mom always had nice petunias.”


There you have it.

It’s been a good year to be a marigold though. They are doing so well that they crowded into the miniature rose bush. One day it was there, the next day it was smothered. Note to self: You have control over where you plant your marigolds. Next year, do not plant them right next to the miniature rose. Or else.”

Anyway, I just took a stroll through the garden. So many buds are breaking open just since the rain this afternoon. Believe, I picked the plants clean Saturday to make my entries for the West End Fair.

Interesting, the zinnias are standing taller since the rain five hours ago. They truly seem two inches taller since yesterday. Yes, it’s a miracle.

No wonder nature has been so confused.

 You want to see confused?


Check out these two woodpeckers hanging out on the hummingbird feeder. Barbara Lewis of East Stroudsburg submitted this photo through reader photo submission form. She says the woodpeckers drink the syrup dry. The mother bird actually taught the babies to land on the feeder. Good thinking!

Hey, you can send your photos, too. You can brag about your garden or just send your best nature shot. I’m happy to include a few here. If you don’t send them, you’ll have to put up with my photos.

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