At this time of summer at Dragonfly Hill the fireflies are out in full force, and the peonies are winding down. They have the potential to be very messy, dropping all their lovely petals in the heavy winds and rain. Knowing we had a storm coming, I managed to get into the garden yesterday and cut the large drooping heads of most of the peonies. This will save me loads of time picking up the slimy leavings of petals strewn all over the garden beds.
I love rain, I really do, I am a gardener now for 30 + years, I know how important it is. As I sit inside today I cringe with each gust I hear battering the windows. Each time I hear the pattering of heavy rain sweep by I curse the storm out loud. I did brace my regal stalks with free standing plant holders hoping this would suffice in case a heavy rain came along. I could tell this morning this would not be enough. As I looked out the window into the garden I could see several of the stalks were past repair. Out I went into the pelting rain with my shears and collected what I could, a second trip to place more bracing wires and back to the house I ran.
I have always been very reluctant to clip my delphiniums and use them in arrangements, I would rather buy them at the store than remove them from the landscape of my garden. I will enjoy this arrangement immensely knowing they did not die by my hand. Tomorrow I will assess the damage and make the repairs that I can, as for today............
I will sip some cinnamon tea, nibble some toast with last years strawberry jam, and get some Josie puppy snuggles as well. Stay dry !!