Thursday, February 25, 2010

In the Rain

I've always liked the way plants look when they are wet.  Yesterday's weather made everything in the garden look wet.  Although it did not really rain that much, it was misty throughout the day.  After coming back from picking up my daughter from school I took my camera and captured some pictures.  This is one of the rare occasions when the flowers and rain show up at the same time without the threat of a storm.  

Chanticleer Ornamental Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’)

The ornamental pear tree is one of the first trees that bloom early in spring.  It is an excellent shade tree which offers beautiful autumn foliage.  

Santa Rosa Plum (Prunus domestica 'Santa Rosa')

The Santa Rosa plum is great for eating and making plum sauce, which we like on pancakes.  I have observed that although it blooms every year, we only get fruits every other year.  Its blooming schedule coincides with strong rains and winds once every two years. 

Dwarf Periwinkle (Vinca minor) growing in between rocks.

 A long time ago I planted some dwarf periwinkle in my yard as ground cover.  Over the years, I've replaced them with some other plants.  These are some of the remnants from the original plants.  No matter how I try to remove them, there's always a vegetative part that gets left in the ground, hence new plants arise.  They are beautiful under control but my yard is too small for an invasive plant as this one. 

Stroll in your garden even in the rain; there are beautiful things to see there.

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