Jun 11, 2009
See the proud gardener, displaying the new rock border while showing off her stylish new gardening hat. Bought as a broad-brimmed sun-warding-off hat, it served a dual purpose on this day, since within minutes after the last rock was laid, the heavens opened up and a deluge of hail and rain descended on the whole garden. Newly set-out tomato plants acquired sporty lacerations on their tender leaves, seedling melons in pots lost all their soil, and cats scattered in terror as thunder rumbled and water poured from the sky. This storm dropped the 2nd highest amount of single-day rainfall in June, since 1901. Donnerwetter!
On the other hand, the dusty substance in the new bed optimistically labeled 'soil' (aka sand) was nicely laid down down and settled in. Now for some compost.
The hat, frumpily English to my eye, was acquired during last week's vacation in wonderful Ashland Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This gem is set in the midst of beautiful Lithia Park, which has to be one of the most wonderful civic parks anywhere. The top photo shows the back of the 2 larger theaters, from a spot next to Lithia Creek, which fills the miniature lake seen here.
Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the rest of the week. Excellent planting weather, from the plants' perspective.