Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monsoon season in Indiana

In the summer, my attention turns from the house to the outdoors.
I garden until dark.
Until past dark.
I garden in the rain.
I'm certain people who drive by think I must be crazy.
If I am crazy, gardening is wonderful therapy.
When the ground is soaked, the weeds pull easily from its grasp.
 
It has been raining each and every day.
Yesterday, thunder and lightening overhead
as I pulled grass from the sidewalk's edge.
 
 The cat lay nearby under a bush.
He and I both dry beneath the dense leaves above.
 
Finally, after several strikes of lightening, I decided it was time to go in.
 The rain fell in sheets.
 
When I turned to look back at my garden, 
I went into the house to get my camera.
 
 When I moved here five years ago,
I claimed this patch of yard that was once grass.
Now, very little grass remains.
I love the rain.
My plants love it, too.
I don't understand why people often complain about rain
 when without it,
we couldn't grow crops
or have beautiful gardens.
 
The rain to the wind said,
You push and I'll pelt.'
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged--though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”

Robert Frost

6 comments:

Kris said...

I love the rain too. And we don't get it nearly enough!!!
How are you?
XO Kris

TARYTERRE said...

I LOVE that Frost quote,

mamamonki said...

From what I see your garden is beautiful. I love to do my gardening in the rain or right after. There's just nothing like pulling the weedy intruders with ease and getting your feet covered in mud. Maybe you never grow to old to play in the mud.

I especially love that my WeeMan follows along behind me digging for bugs where the weeds once resided.

Hard to believe friends and neighbors are complaining about the rain when last year at this time we were begging for rain.

Donna said...

Love that little birdbath. With a charming bird in the middle. I don't remember seeing that before. Yes, we were begging, pleading and PRAYING for rain. Isn't it marvelous how the land is restored? I keep thinking these little blasts of rain are wonderful for the crops. But I will very selfishly admit to NOT being a rainy-day person... don't enjoy gloomy days. Some find them peaceful and restorative.

wanderingbess said...

This looks fantastic. Like a little fairy land. I miss you and want to spend some extra time with you.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Cheryl, Your yard looks beautiful and so healthy. Come Summer, the yard is my favorite place to be. Something just feels so good about it. I feel so at peace in my yard, especially when I pull the hose out and water. Enjoy the rain kiddo :O) xo

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