The other week the clouds were just beginning to spit as I made my way through town from the bus to home. As I was passing the grocery store I made the snappy decision to pop in and grab a few things, figuring the rain would pass while I was doing my shop.
The rain did not pass. It absolutely pelted down with no end in sight. So there I was without my umbrella or my wellies, standing in the entrance to the grocery store with about 20 other shoppers who were also not keen on getting soaked through.
Off the shoppers went in their cars, braving the weather, one by one until there were just a few of us left. One was a girl about my age who, as I got talking to her, had made the same poor decision to pop in for a few things instead of bustling home from her bus before the downpour.
As it turns out she lives on my street and we ended up having lots in common; we both work in education, love reading and history and drinking tea. When the rain let up a little she shared her umbrella with me and we dodged puddles back to our respective houses. Last week we met up one night for dessert and, of course, tea.
It’s taken over a year of living here to finally make a friend in my area. Perhaps I should make pour decisions (see what I did there?) and get caught in the rain more often.
Things have been coming along nicely in the garden. I have now harvested my first 2 and a half Zucchini’s. I say two and a half as my yellow ones seem to be staying very small and not getting any bigger. Somehow I’ve also grown a stripey variety of zucchini; this photo doesn’t do justice to how big it is.
I’ve also picked 3 large baskets of lettuce; 1 each weekend and we’ve had some lovely salads with it.
The toms have just started appearing but are still very small; we’ve had an abundance of rain and not much sun for two long months. I hope we will get some ripening sunshine soon as I don’t think my tomatoes are pluviophiles (lovers of the rain).
Annd, I have my first red strawberries! I plan to pick these two tonight. One for me, one for my honey (don’t think we can quit grocery shopping just yet lol). My Honeoye berries seem to be doing the best so far; they are the only ones beginning to turn. My Cambridge Favourite berries are growing but smaller and still green, and my Hapil berries sadly don’t seem to be making much progress at all.
And what would a garden be without some vibrant blossoms. The current star of the garden are the Penstemon’s I planted last fall. They’ve spread and cropped up a stunning bunch of bell-shaped pink and white flowers.
Our Geum that we planted last month is still blossoming beautifully. I love the burnt orange and salmon colour of it’s fluted petals.
We’ve had this year’s first appearance of winding Clamatis. And now that the stunning violet Rhododendron has dropped it’s blooms, the baton has been passed on to our periwinkle Hydrangea which is just beginning to flower.
What is your favourite flower in your garden right now?
Cheerio old chaps and chapettes!