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For several hours last night we had what we call a "gully washer." Around eighty thousand gallons of rain has fallen on our property during the past twenty-four hours. That's about three inches over our three and a half acres. This afternoon I was able to get out in the mist to take a few photos. 

Here is an interesting sight in the Lady Garden: 

It is tree branches reflected in the bird bath!

Wet brown leaves still cling to some oak trees. Winter does not want to go peacefully. The air is very cold.
And the sky is dreariest gray, but if you look carefully fresh buds are swelling along the branches of these trees. The rain helps these little buds grow.

The earth is sodden and foliage dripping everywhere I look.top: foliage of climbing rose Zephirine Drouhin; clockwise from above: loropetalum; columbine; nandina 'firepower'; autumn fern

Some parts of our state to the north of us had snow today. I am glad ours was only rain. It's time to go back inside the house, where Lou has built a nice fire in the fireplace. 

Eighteen days till spring!


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A lovely post and even in the rain the plants and trees look beautiful - I love the tree reflections in your bird bath - have a good week and hope your weather brightens up... we've also had a our fair share of rain - take a look www.jardinmiranda.com Miranda x

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda Bell

I love the birdbath photo!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Wow! That's a lot of rain! Rain is nice, but there IS a limit! Those birdbath photos are beautiful. And I love the mahonia in the woodland setting.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlorida Girl

Beautiful photos - I really love the reflections in the bird bath.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

THat reflection photo is awesome. Spring will come...soon...I hope.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

It is same weather we are having here. It looks like autumn, not spring... Lovely first photo - I could never guess what it is...

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrtlaricaana

Sounds very much like the weather here ... we had 4 inches just the other day and in one day! Your photos are fabulous ... love that first shot! The woodland snaps are so lovely ... even after the rain.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

The things here look very fresh after the rain. I love to see the pictures of raindrops dripping from the leaves. A bright and clear day ahead!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Belle

Deborah, that first shot-amazing! I cannot believe how far ahead of us you are, the daffs are quite far along. It is supposed to be a warm week here, hopefully a lot of the snow will melt.

I love the tree reflection in the bird bath, and your grey sky looks very much like those we continue to have here in CT. My bulbs are not nearly as advanced as yours, but they are starting to show ... spring is on her way.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoene

I love the bird bath reflection. You had a lot of rain ... it is going to be so lush and green. Think spring and stay warm. :)

Wow..these are mesmerizing...the branches in the water are so magnificent! Beautiful photos of all nature..gorgeous work! As always ..a joy to visit here! Have a beautiful day!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

Your photos made me smell the wet earth and feel the damp on my skin. Lovely! I especially liked the leaves in the birdbath (and I like the rustic birdbath itself). I was interested to see your mahonia, as I had a horrible experience maiming and killing mahonia up north here. i didn't know it could look that nice.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Oh, just think at what beautiful flowers and leaves are just waiting to burst forth after receiving such a huge amount of rain. I love the reflection of the branches in the bird bath too.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle (azplantlady)

I'm with the others, that first photograph of the branches reflected in the birdbath is cool!!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Hi Deb~~ Rain is not typically something we rejoice in but it sure beats snow and ice. From the looks of your healthy plants, they're loving it. No more winter!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Sending you some sunshine from Blighty!

RO xx

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRothschild Orchid

Definitely a lot of water. Too bad it couldn't be bottled up and saved for this summer when it gets dry. Wonderful water pictures. I like the reflections.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertina

Beautiful pictures, all of them. I love the water photos.


March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Beautiful photos Deborah - I especially like those of the branches reflected in the bird bath. Looking forward to more photos of your garden waking from it's winter slumber!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

What a lovely little tour of your awakening world. I love the reflections in the water, seeing the swelling buds of plants. Spring is on its way.


March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlowerLady

I love the rains... and the feel of freshness n washed green afterwards. Its particularly hot here in India... Though its early spring, it appears like we are in the middle of summer. The plants are showing new signs of life.... Its a great feeling! Enjoyed being here :)

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadhika

What beautiful reflections in your bird bath Deb! Great shots! Wow you got a ton of rain! It does make everything look so lush when wet and buds will swell from its sweet wetness. Your woodland garden looks magical with the verdant moss and evergreens. Lovely post!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Lovely woodland photos - reminds me of our north west coast in B.C. Our hellebores are out as well - they are so lovely. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos! Michelle

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMIchelle

Thank you for visiting my blog and here I am returning your invitation. Your garden is wonderful and your birdbath in the pictures looks like Galadriel's mirror. Spring will no doubt be spectacular after all that rain.

Best Wishes,

Among Trees

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmong Trees

Your property is beautiful! I love your photos!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorner Garden Sue

Hi Deb - I left you another comment asking if you'd mind getting in touch with me please. Could you drop me a line if you have a mo?


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