I’m beginning to mold…

As I write this, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill is upon us. The rains have come in waves and as soon as I go out to do anything, it starts to pour.  I go in and it quits.  I go out and it begins again.  Back and forth. Forth and back.  Raincoat on.  Raincoat off.  Boots on.  Boots off.  Then it’s dark. Repeat for days.  I hate to complain about free irrigation, but enough already.

We had a two-week break from the 15″ of rain in May.  During that time, we processed 17 meat chickens and moved the remaining 48 out to the chicken tractors.  I had to get another tractor to house that many birds and it is an old rabbit hutch that Allen put wheels on.  The chickens seem to be doing ok with all the moisture but I am having trouble keeping their food dry even though it is in the covered part of the tractor.  Rumor has it if this weather continues they are strongly considering becoming ducks.

Meat Chickens in the chicken tractor https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

My vegetable garden has never looked this good in mid June.   Fortunately, I was able to mulch the garden well before the rains hit and, although it seems to be draining well,  walking in it is impossible.  I still have lettuce which I can reach from the edge as well as banana peppers so I’ll try not to complain.  The rains will stop on Saturday and the temps will soar into the 90’s making it full-blown summer again.

Some of the flowers I have blooming are Asclepias tuberosa  (which you know is one of my favorites)

Asclepias tuberosa or Milkweed is the host plant for monarch butterflies.  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies

Heuchera, an Arkansas native, that grows well in part shade and our rocky soil.

Heuchera is a native plant great for part shade.  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

Heuchera is a native plant great for part shade.  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/ Heuchera is a native plant great for part shade.  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), another Arkansas native, grows up to 5 ft. tall and is great for the back of a sunny flower bed.

Rattlesnake master, an Arkansas native plant great for the back of a sunny flower bed.  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

I’m lucky to have a hydrangea expert in the family

Hydrangea expert  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

as well as someone to show me the intricate details of a dandelion.

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He is also known for his rock arrangements.

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I also love to incorporate garden art amidst the flowers.

Resident garden frog  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

Fish out of water  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

Fishing  bear  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

But Magnum P.I. considers himself the best garden art of all.

Garden guard kitty  https://theblondegardener.com/2015/06/19/im-beginning-to-mold/

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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12 Responses to I’m beginning to mold…

  1. All of your garden helpers are quite adorable!

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  2. Dawn says:

    Oh, Brenda! It’s so good that you have kept your sense of humor through all of the weeks of rain! Although some of our friends are suffering through a terrible drought, we are also feeling the challenges of too much rain in Chicagoland. Earlier this week, we had over five inches of rain in one evening! The ground is super saturated already and more rain just keeps coming! What an adorable garden assistant you have! He must love to come help you! Hope the weather will settle down across the country soon. Today we finally have a day of sunshine. I’m heading out to pull the gigantic weeds!! Sending sunny thoughts! ♡


  3. Nikki G says:

    Hi Brenda! We do not live far from you, and boy I hear ya about all this rain. Our little creek behind the house is roaring! Wish we could pipe some to the west coast! Tomorrow we are going to get steamed like a bunch of lobsters, but the gardens should really take off! I’m on a mission to find some milkweed and get it established in my garden this week. I also would like to get comfrey started. Any experience with comfrey?

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  4. Kevin says:

    Hi Brenda. South Florida could use some of your rain — when you get some time on you hands, can you please do something about that? Seriously, really loving your plants. Great colors!

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  5. Everything looks great despite the downpours, though! 🙂

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  6. Magnum P.I. IS the best garden art. I couldn’t figure out what that thing was that’s fishing in the pool. Could use that pool right about now. It is TERRIBLE hot here. I went off early today to get my grocery shopping done so I would be back home around 2 when it gets IRRITABLY hot. Could sure use some of your rain. We aren’t getting enough.


    • And we can’t get in the pool because it’s so cold. We will be warming up this week though and probably will have to start watering by next weekend. If I had a way to send it to you, I would in a heartbeat!


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