Thursday, May 20, 2010

After the Rain

"chases away the tears and all the pain!"


Ok, I couldn't quite resist it...sue me! Anyway, I think one of the best times in a garden are the first moments after it rains. The air is so fresh and clean, all the dust and pollutants temporarily scrubbed from the air. All the smells and colors of the garden just seem intensified for a while. Here is one of my faves after this morning's rain, 'Walkers Low' Catmint (Nepeta faassenii). I love this plant so much for so many reasons, it's long bloom time (really, most of the garden season, off and on), it's easy-going nature, it's lovely, loose and billowing habit, it's lovely bubble-gum scent...and not least of all, it's lovely cool color. Unfortunately, they grown in the middle of a bunch of Spanish Bluebells (which I didn't realize at the time I planted them, as the bluebells were already dormant). The bluebells get growing far faster than the Catmint, and their long, floppy foliage really overwhelms the catmint, causing it to grow tall, floppy and awkward, until I can cut back the bluebell foliage and the catmint after it's first flush of flowers. I think the catmint's flowers positively glow after rain. The diffused light really makes the blueish purple seem almost electric.


Oh, and here's a rain-spattered pic of Geranium 'Anne Folkard'.


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