Water tumbles down the rain chain outside my open window. It’s art in motion, combining visual and auditory stimulation. Perfect partners for the article I’m writing about rain chains, rain barrels and rain gardens. Of course, our gracious Creator would send me rain as inspiration.
Yesterday, I planted more tomatoes and made identification tags for the roses I’ve planted this year. I’m trialing three Easy Elegance roses, and they are supposed to be scented. My fingers are crossed. Rose hybridizers have worked on the disease-resistant, scented rose conundrum for a long time. Katie M., a gardener friend, gave the Diva an ‘April Moon’ rose for her Confirmation present. ‘April Moon’ is a Griffith Buck rose, which makes me very happy. Other than ‘Serendipity’ and ‘Distant Drums,’ Buck roses have been great performers in my Oklahoma garden. The Diva is just happy because it is yellow, her favorite color. ‘April Moon’ is supposed to be highly scented, so I planted it next to a red rock pathway opposite the ‘Dynamite’ crapemyrtle, where it will be backed by golden daylilies. My hope is that as summer’s evening sun sets, everything will begin to glow.
Right now, none of the roses are blooming. It’s too early in the season, but the rain bruised the leaves of the roses next to the open window, and the scent wafts in on the cool breeze. It is 65F here today, which is very nice. Although spring and fall are our rainy seasons, there are years when nothing falls from the sky, and we and the plants choke on sienna-colored dust.
The oak trees are blooming, and their pollen floats on the air. The rain will knock the pollen to the ground for a few days and help allergy sufferers like my son, ASW.
I’m grateful for the rain which washes everything anew even when it destroys my gravel path. What are you grateful for today?