Sunday, May 22, 2016

It Could Be Worse....

'Ville de Lyon' clematis


We've had so much rain lately, my lawn squishes when I walk. 
But I could be in a drought so I'm not complaining.

Looking into the shade garden

I had a fox in my garden last night but it could be worse. 
It could have been a  t-rex.


Beware!

Rain flattened amsonia 'Blue Ice' and 'Autumn Charm' sedum.

I haven't seen the sun in days but it could be worse.
 I could be a judge at a farting contest.



Just focusing on the positive....

Native clematis crispa reminds me of an octopus.

The native grass, carex, is taking over my riverbed
 but at least it's not poison ivy. 



There are swallowtail butterfly caterpillars in my parsley 
so everything is mighty fine, indeed.

52 comments:

  1. Yes, it could be much worse. Great photo of the Swallowtail cat! And your Clematis plants look super healthy. :)

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  2. Oh, I love that Clematis crispa--drool, drool over that one! We've had rain to, but of the squishing sort. I'm always careful not to wish the rain away, here in Texas, it might not ever come back. :)

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    1. Edit here: "too", instead of "to" and the rain HASN'T been of the squishing sort. I really should make comments, or anything else, on my phone....

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    2. April was warm, dry, and windy so the rain was overdue. But it's been a steady rain instead of a downpour so it's been easy to work around.

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  3. When is anything ever perfect? Today however, came mighty close weather wise. We had a beautiful, sunny day that was not too hot, not too cold. Such a treat after a rather cold spring!

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    1. Perfection is a myth! Last weekend we had a glorious break in the rain and the sun was out all weekend. I loved it!

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  4. We've been rain deprived here the past two months.

    We did have one nice rainy day last week - an inch of rain - but that still leaves several inches short of average rainfall conditions.

    So your lawn is soggy and mine is crunchy and brown.

    I guess the grass truly is always greener (and sometimes wetter)? :)

    PS - The swallowtail cat is gorgeous. Love your native clematis too. And so cool that you saw a fox in your garden!

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    1. I'm hoping the fox comes back. They're such beautiful creatures. Tennessee seems to be in a rain shadow sometimes. Hopefully, summer will be moister for you.

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  5. I'm sorry your garden is soggy - too much or too little of anything is rarely good but your plants seem to be taking the rain in stride. It sounds exciting to see a fox in your garden, although I suspect they irritate your dogs. Do they cause other upset? Within just a 2 week span, I've seen a coyote and a peacock in my backyard so the critters seem to be restless everywhere!

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    1. My 4 dogs together have the combined IQ of a potato and the fox was long gone by the time the blind dog, Scout, realized it was there. The other 3 were in the house. But one of my dogs is a hunter so I'll be keeping an eye out for the fox when I let them out. But I'm sure they're easy to outsmart. I would be shocked to find a peacock in my garden! Fox are native to this area. Where did the peacock come from?

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  6. Our weather seems to be mellowing out a little so I hope the same for you. My day could be wonderful for sure if I had Clematis blooming like that. :-)

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    1. Add one to the garden! They're easy to grow. :o)

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  7. My dear, your fine attitude puts me to shame...perhaps I have less rain tolerance.
    Yes, it could be drought, yet this spring is the first in fifteen that I have had killing last frosts and then weeks of steady rain when the gardens are usually at their showy best...blech. By the end of this week the forecast is calling for soaring temps to 90. Now that should do in the struggling tender spring foliage...Diane

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    1. The big temperature swing will cause garden confusion, for sure. But if I was a flower farmer, I might have a different attitude, too.

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  8. Tammy girl ... we are at the opposite end of the "could be worse" spectrum .. drought .. ugh ! .. until we get that new watering system in it is all hands on the hose .. but your garden is looking great (rain beaten or not .. maybe it likes a little S & M ? LOL) .. You mention Amber Moon astilbe .. I have that one too and it is pretty ! .. but yes I am having better luck with this ninebark than I ever did with any of the other 5 cultivars that succumbed to powdery mildew.
    So .. placement in good sun and airy area ? is important for them to thrive .. so far so good.
    Hey I laughed my socks off with the farting jokes ... THANKS girl !! LOL
    PS .. my secret HOPE is to have a few frogs in the garden ... even a damn toad !!!! ... a fox is rather exciting ?

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    1. If my amsonia is into anything kinky, I'll let it be her secret. ;o) How can you resist a fart joke!!

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  9. Send some of that rain our way. It is already getting dry here!

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    1. Drought or deluge seems to be the name of the game these days. :o(

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  10. Had my morning tea up my nose after the farting joke. Too bad life is not all neat and tidy, right? I'd gladly take some of that rain. We get threats of it (go ahead - make my day, RAIN!) but have garnered about a thimbleful.

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    1. My life is neither neat nor tidy. I spent 10 minutes this morning looking for my phone, which was right where I left it! Duh.....

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  11. The swallowtail caterpillar is stunning. I would be very happy to see one in my garden with the prospect of the butterfly to come. Hope the sun re-appears soon. We have more than enough rain here so I can imagine how you feel.

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    1. It came out this morning! Woo hoo! I always get excited when I see caterpillars in the garden. It reminds me of the true purpose of my garden.

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  12. Too funny- love it!! You're right lots of things could be a lot worse. Always keep perspective I say! I think I need a clematis or two- so pretty! It's been very warm and dry for months and here's it a holiday weekend- bam windy wet and cool. Perfect camping weather- glad we stayed home!

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    1. Ya gotta take the rain when you can get it!

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  13. You sound disgustingly Zen.

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    1. Why, thank you! I'll remember that the next time I'm freaking out about something!

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  14. Loved the perspective you gave the T-Rex! Most of the time, how you feel is more about attitude than circumstance...cup half full and that sort of thing - you obviously got that covered!

    And gotta get my husband some of that deodorant...LOL

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    1. Confession - the T. rex pic is from Google images but the rest of the garden pics are mine. I loved the fart joke so I had to include it. I know a few people who could benefit from that method of deodorant application, too!!

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  15. Your Sedum and Amsonia will most likely stand straight again, or close enough. Love the Clematis crispa, and I'm very jealous of the Swallowtail cat.

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    1. They are from the eggs that were laid when you were here! I have about 10.

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  16. Yeah it could be worse, but it shouldn't! May should have lots of sun soaking up and flower smelling, not as much squishing mud and mold growth...

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    1. Do you have mold already? My favorite rose has already developed black spot from all the rain but I refuse to use chemicals so I'll just have to live with it. Some warm, dry days would be appreciated!

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  17. Love your clematis, Tammy. Do you tie it higher? We have rain and sun and good temps now, finally:D I'm hoping cold weather finished. Sorry your garden is soggy.

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    1. The clematis climbs on a fence so I don't need to tie it to anything. That keeps life a little easier!

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  18. I had to move plants into the greenhouse last night. It's the end of May for heaven's sake. But the days are sunny at least. I hope it dries up for you soon!

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    1. I had to move some basil into the house last week because the temps dropped so low. The weather has been crazy!

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  19. Beautiful clematis! I want to grow it someday. But I don't know where I can find the seedling.

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    1. I'm not sure it would do well in your climate but you can grow so many plants we can't. Tropical plants can only live a few months here before they die from low temperatures.

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  20. "It could be worse" was my father's favourite saying. He would say those words anytime I fell and scraped my knee, when I bounced his car as he taught me to drive,after my first boyfriend crush dumped me...such manly comforting words....I do miss my Dad.
    Your garden is looking lovely and the stick deodorant poster made me laugh out loud.

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    1. When I saw that picture, I had to use it! So funny! Life can always be worse. It's good to remind ourselves of that.

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  21. I have poison ivy in my garden and they are too difficult to get rid off :-|. I even suffered from it and had to be rushed to the doctor. So, things are indeed fine there in your garden :-). What did the fox say?

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    1. The fox said 'Damn, these dogs are dumb!'

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  22. I am always amazed at the plant variety in your garden. I especially like the native clematis with its lovely bell shaped blossom. Interesting that you have seen a fox in your yard. We have had foxes in the past, but there is a lot of oil and gas well drilling in the farm fields in our area, scaring the wildlife away, I am guessing. I'd like to see a fox now and then. Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thanks, Ann! There have been several fox sightings in my area lately, which I think is exciting. The foxes are welcome in my garden as long as I can keep the dogs from bothering them.

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  23. Gosh yes! Having that caterpiller and those gorgeous clematis are certainly something!I've had squishy lawns...it's most odd walking on them. You really are hysterically funny.....I love the laughs I get here! Hopefully you'll get some better weather soon and you gorgeous plants will pick their heads from the ground.Ooooh....a fox eh! Lucky you!xxx

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    1. Clematis usually grow well for me although I did have one wilt earlier in the season. I hope that fox comes back! What a beautiful creature! I can't resist a bit of silly. Gotta laugh!

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  24. Hi Tammy, I love the Clematis and I immediately want it! As for rain on the lawn, ours is terminally wet. We had a family lunch outside on it the other week and had that "sinking feeling" as everyone's chair gradually sank into the soft, wet ground the more we ate! We'll stick to the patio from now on until we've sorted the drainage out!

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  25. It could always be worse, right. A fox in your garden? Interesting. At least they don't eat plants, right.

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  26. Better a swallowtail caterpillar than a poison snake, right? I hope you get sunshine soon.

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