Bracing myself for a solid week of rain

September 26, 2013

Yeah, I know, I’ll believe it when I see it! I’ve never known the forecast to be accurate in Vancouver. It’s predicted for seven days in advance and then amended the next day…lol. But either way, I can see the front coming in from the ocean and this means that, even if there will not be a solid week of rain, the next couple of days will probably be pretty drippy. So the west coast is about to turn into the wet coast again, and Monday is garbage and green recycling day in my hood.

And that lawn isn’t going to get mowed by itself.

And the garden isn’t going to weed itself either.

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I love having this little pebbly area at the back of the garden under the ancient apple tree. It’s the perfect secluded place for a cup of tea and it’s not too much trouble to weed it out because a good raking uproots the little weed plants almost on the first pass. Into the green recycling with you little weed plants!

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There’s a big, beautiful rosemary at the back of the garden…

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And there’s more rosemary in the little herb bed. This bed is a raised bed against my garage and full south exposure and completely overheated to the max. Most herbs do really well here but I have to be careful about other plants which would just fry. I want to plant a fig tree here because I think this would be the perfect spot for one.

Morgan loves the stairs to the garage for maximum sunbathing.

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Some of the summer plants are still going strong. I love plants like this sweet alyssum that cost under $1 and produce sweet smelling clumps right thru to the end of the summer. Plants like that are such good value.

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The autumnal plants are in their glory right now. I’m very excited about the little red dahlia, (top right) Bishop of Llandaff. I bought a very small tuber this year and, would you believe it, this is the first flower it’s had. That’s late! But I’m glad I got to see it bloom and, hopefully, next year it’ll be a much bigger clump of tubers and bloom its little heart out for me. πŸ™‚

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The maples in the shade garden haven’t started turning yet. I’m looking forward to the turning of the leaves but not so much to the sweeping of the leaves off the patio!

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Well, I’m glad I got all that gardening done today and especially glad I mowed the lawn. You know, I don’t like mowing the lawn very much and my lawnmower is acting up a little. But it’s a good John Deere gas mower and I think that maybe all the engine needs is a little tune up for next spring. And, Robert told me that fresh gas usually helps so I’ll get some for next time.

But now I think I’ll sit in the evening sun and have a cup of tea. πŸ™‚

I’d love to hear about your gardens, indoor or out. πŸ™‚ And don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you would like.

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Linking with Sandra at Clearwater Farm and Kim at Little by Little

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Late tea, being left-handed and a little giveaway

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16 Comments

  • Reply KathyB. September 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I am actually looking forward to this rainy time as a rainy day respite. No working outdoors, no outdoor activities and commitments, just staying indoors and sewing, reading, watching feel-good movies. O.K , LMN. and Hallmark. Sometimes I really need a mental break, and I am considering this my break !

    • Reply Veronica September 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Kathy, it’s true, it feels like a cozy round the fire day. Chloe was just suggesting a lovely feel good movie. She wants Sense and Sensibility or maybe Emma. πŸ™‚

  • Reply dawnsrays September 27, 2013 at 2:04 am

    You have had some glorious weather by the look of things to get your sprucing up done. I think I would like that spot with your cat. That is what I have been doing this week, soaking up the sun, as it has been particularly clear and bright these past few days. Every chance I get I wander outdoors and sit in the sun until I feel the meat of my muscles soften and relax. These days will go by fast and soon I will be shivering and covering every square inch of my body with some form of clothing.
    Have a super weekend!!
    ~Dawn

    • Reply Veronica September 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Such a good idea Dawn. I did a lot of soaking up too last week including driving with the sunroof open even if it was straight in my eyes. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rita McGregor September 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

    You’ve got the kind of back yard a person could spend hours in! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica September 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Rita, it’s a good size for a city plot and just enough for me to handle. I do love spending time in it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christie September 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

    We just had several days of rain, with an accumulation of more than 6 inches! It was nice to have a break from all our sunshine and our water table certainly benefited. But, now I’m happy to have the sun back. Although now I see all the weeds that have taken over my gardens, maybe they will bloom and I can pretend I put them there intentionally!! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica September 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I know! That’s the problem Christie…those pesky weeds. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daryl September 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

    since i am late to this party, i am hoping it didnt rain .. did it?

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Yup! πŸ™

  • Reply Kathi October 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    You have such a beautiful yard and garden. I wish mine was that pretty and functional. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this corner of your world with the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.

    • Reply Veronica October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Kathi, thank you for inviting me back; I would love to join in again. πŸ™‚

  • Reply kim October 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    There always is a rush to take care of the garden when rains are impending! You have a lovely space!

    • Reply Veronica October 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much Kim, yes I agree; I live half of the year here in Vancouver and half in Oxfordshire UK and the weather is rainy in both places! Some days I long to move to someplace like Arizona…lol

  • Reply Sara v October 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Oh blue glass!!! I love blue glass!! I love gardens too, especially yours. Over here the milkweed is blooming and the Monarchs are sipping and laying eggs and it makes me smile every time I see one floating through the garden. There’s a few Sulphur butterflies too, and Painted Ladies, and Zebras–but the Monarchs are the ones that bring a grin, without even thinking about it πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Sara, I love milkweed! I love ragweed for the butterflies too. We don’t get monarchs out west or in E but we get swallow tails in Van and peacocks in E. Actually, I can’t believe the horsey set is all up in arm about destroying all the ragweed in E because it’s poisonous to horses. Where are the peacocks going to lay their eggs?

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