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An Ode to Raindrops

There is ancient history in a raindrop, if we could read it.

Where has the raindrop been? Was it ever part of a powerful storm that altered the land and destroyed the lives of men? Perhaps it once bounced along in a woodland stream where primitive people bathed their babies, washed their garments, and fished for their suppers. An important king may have quenched his thirst with the drop, or maybe it fell from a farmer's brow as he plowed the field. How many plants have reached their roots into the soil to seek out its life giving moisture? Does the drop still remember the pounding rhythms of the ocean? How long did it float in a cloud before returning to earth in my front yard?

August has been much drier than July, and I was happy this weekend when we had a real gullywasher, as local folks would say. Great torrents of water overwhelmed the gutters and came pouring off the eves of the house. We sang for joy. This means we don't have to pull heavy hoses over the yard for a few days, depending on the temperatures. It is still steamy in the Deep South, but September's relief is just around the corner. I went outside after the storm and waxed euphoric over the raindrops still clinging to the foliage:Mist lingers after a storm, seen in some random views of the yard: I hope you all have a great week, and may raindrops keep falling as you need them!  


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Reader Comments (21)

This was a wonderful observation of where rain has been. And it is remarkable to think how it gets to your garden, And this year, lucky and grateful that they are finally coming. I can not remember a year here where I first I wished it would stop raining, then a month later, desperately wishing it back.

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Nice reflection on those precious raindrops. They are in drought here in North Carolina but last night was a nice downpour for us, with hurricane Irene coming around the bend this week, hoping for rain and no wind :)

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCyndy

Hi Deb,

I'm glad to hear you've had a nice deluge of rain; please send some here. I'd really love a storm right now. I'm just grateful we don't have the high temperatures that you've no doubt had.The grass in my lawn is clinging on by its teeth... My neighbour's is dead, mine lives only because I water is occasionally - I'm not one for nannying plants, but would rather not have dead grass.
I made an attempt to get some planting done yesterday as we'd had some rain but I was struggling to dig just a few inches down, clearly any rain we are getting is quickly being used by hungry plants.

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

What a fresh and cool post! Deb, do you know the name of your heuchera with almost white leaves? People ask me (I posted its picture some time ago), but I don't have its label. Thanks!

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTatyana

We got three inches of rain in PA yesterday in a long line of similar storms. My husband says he is building an ark. I wish I could redistribute the water to other parts of the country that need it.

Hallelujah for the rain!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!! I hope, I pray we'll be saying the same here...someday :-)

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni - Signature Gardens

An exceedingly dry summer here in the UK, but not much sunshine. We need soft, drizzly, wetting rain as the ground is so parched that heavy rain will just wash off.

Your photos are delectible and very evokative!

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan@HollyGrove

Just as with snow, raindrops add such a magical quality to all the plants with their touch. They glisten, shine, and beam ...beautiful shots!

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sage Butterfly

Ah, what beautiful misty, drippy pictures. They make me long for the feel of rain, not only for my garden, but for my soul. Can you tell it's been a long time since I've seen a raindrop?

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolley

I think we are all beginning to realise just how essential rain drops are, where would we be without rain. Your garden looks so very fresh, the rain must have been very welcome after all the heat you must have been having.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Mulligan

Thank you all for your comments! Your support means a lot to me. I do wish I could send some raindrops to Texas and other parts of the world that desperately need them! Tatyana, the name of the heuchera is 'Snow Angel', an apt name for a plant that looks so cool and refreshing despite the summer heat.

August 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

Lovely, how nice to imagine where the raindrop has been through time and space, but please send some raindrops here; it has been so dry and hot this week I even need to water my fig tree! Christina

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I love your opening paragraph, wonderfully written. I remember learning about the water cycle in school years ago, and having a similar chain of thoughts wander through my mind.

I'm glad you've had some much-needed rain. Our summer months here are usually bone-dry, necessitating the dragging of hoses more times than I care to recall. Even here though, we had some measurable precipitation this past weekend. Not a gully-washer, but enough for the weather station to record it, which is unheard of for August for us. Alas though, not enough to put the hoses away...yet.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

What's always fascinated me is the fact that each drop of water might also at some point have been part of a living body; it might have temporarily been part of a dinosaur or Napoleon or anything in-between and beyond.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlâneur Gardening

Debs, I just love the photos. They look so fresh and cool. I especially love the puddle in the hosta leaf. Rain is a wonderful thing.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRonnie/Hurtledto60

Your raindrops look so lovely and thirst-quenching that I had to pour myself a glass of water. What a joyful ode, Deb!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

I love your musings about where a rain drop has been...a wonderful moment of contemplation...and as Susan said, your photos are so evocative...beautiful!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat

O, what a gorgeous blog to discover...I liked 'did the raindrops remember the pounding rhythms of the ocean'. Lovely to think upon. I shall add this into my 'things to contemplate in the garden''

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@theeloquentgarden

A wonderful take on a raindrop and can almost hear you singing in the rain. I love the smell of steamy heat after the showers or even gullywashers. Here our cool summer has been too damp and overcast to appreciate the life giving drops.
p.s. Now it looks like the East Coast is about to receive more rain than they would ever want - praying Irene downgrades her winds

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ PatioPatch

When I lived in Colorado I missed the rain, the fog, the mist, the dew. There is something so spiritual in listening to the dripping woods.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthevioletfern

Our summers are usually so dry, and we beg for rain on our garden. But this year we have had plenty, and it has been such a blessing!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL
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