Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday Stroll - The Blessing of Rain

Rain drips from glistening blossoms beneath a cloudy sky which promises more rain. The Clementine Aquilegia is a petite plant, almost overwhelmed by the other plants growing near it, and I have to move in close for these photos.

At the south trail-head of the butterfly garden the Skywings Iris, after which I named my garden (The SkyWings Butterfly Garden), are blooming and, nearby, bold Yellow Bearded Iris, a gift from another gardener, are standing proud and tall.

The fairy-tale series miniature lilacs are blooming now... Fairy Dust, Tinkerbell and Prince Charming all charm me with their delicate blossoms and the way they sweeten the air in the garden.

Descendents of the pink lupines that I brought home from my mother-in-law's property are just coloring up and a blue aquilegia, probably a McKana's Giant started from seed a couple of years ago, is blooming near a long stretch of lady's mantle (alchemilla mollis.)

Iris are blooming in other places along the trail as well, including these purple bearded iris and this Wild Jasmine Iris that is beautiful even before it fully opens.

I take a last glance over my shoulder, down along the trail. The garden is a quiet contemplative place on this rainy morning, as it receives the blessing of rain.

Up on the hill, by the garage there are only a few small shrubs planted, but this potentilla seems to thrive in its rocky bed.

At the front door, I pause again. I look out at the day, with its cloudy sky and its not-quite-warm June air, and I am content to be at home on this green hilltop. Where-ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.


Margaret Evans Porter said...

Lovely rainy stroll.

Farmer's Daughter said...

You've got so many flowers in bloom! We just had a week straight of rain, but this weekend has been glorious.

I'm sending happy sunny thoughts your way!

Aisling said...

Margaret, Thank you! I got lucky because it actually stopped rainy though the weather forecast predicted "showers all day."

Thank you for the sunny thoughts. I have a few other things blooming that didn't make the post too. It will be nonstop flowers from here until fall, barring any really odd weather. I'm glad you are having a nice weekend!

Cloudhands said...

Your stroll through the flowers was so nice. The rain on them added a freshness that made me feel refreshed and relaxed. Aaahh, so pleasant.

Aisling said...

Mom, I told Limerick before I took my walk that if the rain would just stop long enough for me to get my camera out there, the photos would be pretty. Rain drops dripping from petals is a beautiful sight to me!

One Woman's Journey said...

Aisling, I strolled with you and it was so peaceful.
Thank you for the joy you sent my way a few moments ago.

Aisling said...


I'm so glad you came by and found a peaceful moment!


Commonweeder said...

A beautiful stroll, and beautifully expressed. I love the look of your blog.

Aisling said...

Commonweeder, Thank you so much and welcome. :)

Green Mamma said...

I love your flowers and the beautiful garden path. I am strolling once again this week . . . lots of new things to show . . .

Aisling said...

Jessica, Thanks for the nice comment. I am just about to set up the stroll post for this morning, so will add your name very soon! :)