After the Rain …

The Vibrant but Subtle Detail of this Beautiful Leaf (Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’) is Even More Striking when Sprinkled with Water Droplets on a Rainy Day

Ah, soft, sweet showers! At last, gentle grey clouds have delivered a long, cool drink of refreshing rain! I can almost hear my drought-parched garden singing a joyful song. And with silvery raindrops sparkling on trees, shrubs and vines, it’s a wonderfully romantic time for a stroll along the misty garden path, beneath a wide umbrella. Won’t you join me for a spell?

Hearts and Teardrops: The Leaves of This Old-Time Favorite, Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla), Look Fresh and Lovely After the Rain …

I’m Pretty Crazy About ‘Bonfire’ Euphorbia Any Day of the Week (Euphorbia polychroma ‘Bonfire’), But I’m Particularly Smitten with the Jewel-Toned Leaves on Rainy Days, when They Sparkle and Shimmer Like a Vintage Brooch

The Ripening Berries on this Tea Viburnum (V. setigerum) Dangle Like Diamond-Studded Chandelier Earrings

Delicate New Inflorescences on this Switch Grass (Panicum virginicum ‘Heavy Metal’) Shimmer Between Showers (Backed up by Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’ aka ‘Diabolo’/’Monolo’)

One of the Great Beauties of Late Summer: Blushing Tufts of Smoke Bush (Cotinus Coggygria) Gleam and Glimmer Like a Cluster of Pale Pink Sapphires

The Simple Beauty of a Single Leaf: Silverbells are so-named for their beautiful white flowers, but after a summer shower, this over-turned Halesia tetraptera leaf also conjures a metallic finish

Near the End of the Walkway, Calluna vulgaris ‘Silver Knight’ Glows Like Lavender in the Mist

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2 Replies to “After the Rain …”

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Hi Michaela, So glad you’ve gottten started on some lovely August rain. We’re also back on track again here. I still can’t believe how quickly things bounced back after 7 weeks with virtually no precip. With this heat/rain combo we are surrounded by a lush(rush) growth of verdant green.

    Thank you for sharing your rainy stroll. (I can’t help but be just a little green myself over the variety of your gardens’ citizens and it’s wonderful bedrock bones; ) xo D

  2. Michaela

    @ Deb – Yes, and what a difference 24 hours of moisture makes. The whole garden is now exploding in a new wave of bloom!
    ;) The rocks, the rocks. They are my greatest joy, and sometimes —yes— my greatest challenge! Lovely to hear from you, as always! xo M

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