Rain Check Please…


We had 12 inches of rain in 3 days,

with more in the forecast.

Good thing we have a boat :)


On the bright side the pond is full~

with our neighbor’s dock ramp on the incline

 instead in the normal downhill position.


 I’ve traded my usual foot attire of

 flip flops in exchange for wellies~


And gathered the shattered azalea

and viburnum petals in memorium

 to say The Gardener’s Prayer. . .


O Lord, grant that in some way

it may rain every day,

Say from about midnight until

three o’clock in the morning,


But, You see, it must be gentle and warm

so that it can soak in;


Grant that at the same time it would not rain on

campion, alyssum, lavender, and others which

You in Your infinite wisdom know

are drought-loving plants-


I will write their names on a

bit of paper if you like-


And grant that the sun may shine

the whole day long,

rainy days

But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the

spirea, plantain lily, and rhododendron)

and not too much;


That there may be plenty of dew and little wind,

enough worms, no aphids and snails, or mildew,

and that once a week liquid manure and guano

may fall from heaven.



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  41 comments for “Rain Check Please…

  1. May 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Wow that’s a lot of rain! The wellies look awesome all dressed up with their flowering branches! Isn’t spring grand with the parade of flowers! Hopefully you won’t be boarding your boat out the back door! The lake looks beautiful.

  2. May 15, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Wow I feel for ya! They say it’s coming my way, so I tried to leave some projects that have to be done inside…Laundry, vacuuming…LOLHopefully for you it is almost over!

  3. May 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

    When it rains, it pours!!??!! We are still in drought and promised some rain today. I’ll take all your leftovers! Enjoyed this post and the gardeners prayers. The Lake is gorgeous.

  4. May 15, 2013 at 7:34 am

    somehow you even make heavy rain look delightful! Your photos are beautiful!

  5. May 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

    My DD has those same boots!!! LOVE ’em!
    Your dew kissed photos are just breathtaking, Mary. You have such an artist’s eye.
    We will FINALLY have a nice warm day today & I’m planting geraniums.

  6. May 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

    We have not had as much rain as you have…but one hard rain that we had beat down my irises so badly that we had to stake them…Your flowers and garden are beautiful Mary…and gotta have those Wellies!!..Your photos are phenomenal !!

  7. Cheryl
    May 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Mary, only you can make a rainy day look beautiful! :)

  8. May 15, 2013 at 8:09 am

    WOW! 12″ would slide us off the hill, I would be quaking aspen in your garden boots! I hope this is normal and no threat to your potting shed or home…

    With that said I love your drenched photos of your lush gardeners prayer. Such a wet and wild version of natures best!

  9. May 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I hope the rain is not coming our way. It has been glorious here in Alabama. I have not heard this gardeners prayer. Such a cute and clever post to inform and amuse. Like your boots.

  10. May 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

    We’ve had cloudy days but no rain here! But thank goodness it’s bright and sunny now. I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather now. Loved the gardener’s prayer and seeing your beautiful photographs!

  11. Paula
    May 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Good MOrning! I enjoyed your post this morning, and its sunny here in Ind.
    You make the sound of rain sing like a song! I love the gardeners prayer, you have such lovely items for sure !

    enjoy your day, Life is Good !

  12. May 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Oh, goodness, that prayer stone is as wonderful as it is hilarious~I do mourn those delicate petals when the rain or wind cause those beautiful spring petal “showers.” I love your wellies full of blooms, and don’t worry, I’m sure the sun will be shining soon!

  13. May 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Only you could make 12 inches of rain look beautiful! Your pictures are so pretty. Love, love the wellies. I wish I had your “eye”. XO, Pinky

  14. May 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    That is sooo much rain. You could share and send some our way. Parched and dry is the word down here! What a beautiful prayer and blooms. Prayers for some sunshine! xo marlis

  15. May 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

    You even make rain look pretty!!! Love your photos.

  16. May 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I always get a giggle from the gardener’s prayer.
    Isn’t this the craziest weather? One day we had 5 inches of rain in the rain gauge. Now, I had to water some of the flower beds, but the ground in the back yard is still wet. Love your leopard wellies. Mine are just plain old green.

  17. Ellen
    May 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

    How incredibly beautiful……….your flowers and your photography!! I agree that you can make anything, including excess rain, look amazing. As always, your post is a feast for the eyes!

  18. May 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Wow what we would give for half that rain here in So CA. Monday it was 104 and today will only get up to 74. Go figure. Your pictures are great and I love your boots.
    You are such a talented lady I so enjoy your posts. Hope the doggies didn’t get to wet.
    Have a sunshine rest of the week.

  19. May 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Mary, you are so brilliant with your posts, really. I love the peony buds. And the Gardener’s Prayer….I hope the rain subsides. xo

  20. Penny
    May 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I amused myself by trying to blow up the words on the stone, only to scroll further down…to see you posted them ! Where , or where did you find that stone ? garden center…big box store ???? I t was a delight , as usual to be a part of your daily life …..Blessings ( and a little less rain ) …..Penny

    • May 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Penny, My MIL found the gardener’s prayer at a local nursery about 15 years ago :)

  21. Tardevil
    May 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

    OMG, I had heard they were going to release the flood gates upstream & it was going to increase lake levels here & all the way to Lake Wylie, but I had no idea it would come so close to your garden shed. I would have been in a panic. Glad it didn’t carry it away! The weather this week has been perfect. I think we’ve had about enough rain for awhile!

  22. lindadonz
    May 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

    The peony buds are gorgeous!

  23. May 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    It’s raining in Houston today but not enough to need Wellies. The Gardener’s Prayer is one I’m not familiar with, but it does cover all the bases. I’m afraid sometimes my gardening prayers are not answered, but I keep trying.

  24. Debbie
    May 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Please send some rain out west. We are already 20 degrees above normal and only 40% water is projected from our winter snowfall. We are in for a drought. On a happier note, I love your blog and the gardeners pray is delightful. Thanks for sharing.

  25. May 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Lovely photos, as usual Mary…
    We live in a rain forest so rain is a part of our lives…and miss it when we have several days of ‘relentless sun’ …Although we do have rainy days, most of our rain does come at night… which is lovely!

  26. May 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    That is a LOT of rain, Noah’s wife!!! :-) (Did that woman have a name???!?) I will stop complaining about the rain we got here because it is NOTHING in comparison to what you got!!!! My goodness!!! Can you say, “Back stroke”? Wow!!!

    I hope it soaks in and that the sun comes back and stays radiant long enough to bring lots of life!

  27. May 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Beautiful images, Mary.
    Lots of rain!! An ark comes to mind!

  28. May 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Reblogged this on homeiswheretherootslead.wordpress.com.

  29. May 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    That’s a lot of rain Mary! I hope this isn’t another weird weather year! Lovin’ the great colors of the Johnny Jump Ups:@)

  30. Karen
    May 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    The rain is needed in so many areas – just not all at one time!! Love your gardener’s prayer stone – have never seen that – would love to know where you found it. You have a way of finding and using the most beautiful pieces/flowers in all you do. Just looking at your pictures and reading your words makes me smile.

  31. May 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    LOL Mary you might have to dock the Crest by your front door so you can reach your cute little potting shed! Wow, that’s a LOT of rain!!! Such a pretty post, though. Your garden is so pretty, and your photos are stunning!

  32. May 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

    WOW!!! Always amazed with your blog!! Never know what tomorrow holds for us – but for sure – we/I will make the best of it – love your perspective of LIFE – DAY TO DAY – take and make the best of what is coming ones way….admiring your blog for many months now…Dianne S.

  33. Pat S.
    May 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Love your gardener’s prayer, which I’ve never heard before! Your photos are beautiful, and your wellies look happy. Spring is so late here in Eastern Iowa, that the fruit trees and lilacs have just bloomed this week! Seeing your photos reminds me to be patient, that everything has its season. Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy your lovely garden… and temporary “reflecting pool”.

  34. May 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Oh my, that is a lot of rain! We had a very rainy April but May has been a little kinder to us. We had a temporary lake between our home and the neighbors that ducks even adopted until it dried up :)

    Love the wellies and the gardener’s prayer!

  35. Joe Postles
    May 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    HI MARY, Joe Postles coming to you from soggy – bottom (aka Lincoln) Delaware. I officially saw the first sign of spring back around the first week of March. My lawn care service eased his “new” truck and ” new” trailer w/ “new” zero turn mower, into my driveway at o’dark thirty on a Saturday. I dragged my weary body out of bed, shoved $40 in my gown pocket and went to start the coffee maker. Before the brew light went out on the coffee maker I heard the ding of the back door bell. Going to see what he wanted, since he surely could not mow 1/4 acre in 15 minutes, he wanted his money. Shot me a big grin with that one gold tooth in the upper front and said last year had been good so he got some new equipment. I nodded and mumbled something about the rate for his service this year, half expecting to dig for more money. To my glee he said “just for me” because I (hooked him up with some contract work) the rate would be the same. Besides he could now mow, weed edge and go in 15 minutes. Since I had 3 trees, 60 ft. of hedge and a grape arbor and clothes line removed he felt he could still do it for the same fee. The next sign was the first robins to pair up and begin nest building in the cedar trees around the edge of the yard. The profiling and acrobatic showmanship the male displayed was worthy of an aerobatic medal. Then the finches came in. This year, with the wet spring, there seems to be a greater variety of them. Little buggers have to puff up to be as big as a golf ball, yet they engage in aerial competition for mates that rivals anything the big birds can do. Cardinals, then a pair of Jays, and we thought they’d strip the cedar limbs bare jousting for territory. Finally settled and down to housekeeping it was not long before we heard the constant chorus of hatchlings with insatiable appetites singing “feed me”. We have a crape myrtle outside our bedroom window that provides the perfect staging point for insect spotting. Soon we had a certain branch we called the profile branch. Each trip to and fro with food included a brief stop on that crape myrtle branch to check for predators before the dive across the yard to the nest with the next craw full of food for the little ones. We had a couple rainy days and they were hilarious. Now, I know how the famous “angry blue bird” picture seen is craft magazines came to be. If you don’t think a bird can frown, watch a daddy mocking bird trying to settle wet feathers with a mouth full of wiggly bug on a tree limb that gives under his weight. The tail feathers go up. The tail feathers go down. The feet do a constant shifting and regripping to maintain balance. Then, he looks up and sees us staring at him through the bedroom window. The eyebrows go down. The black beak and black eye mask forrow into one glare and with a flick of the tail, (and a drop of poo) he darts to the nest to do his daddy duty once more. Each bird in turn, goes through the same routine on the same branch, in the same spot, and as they leave they show us what they think of the rain and being observed. (plop) Then we get a showers off and on day and the lawn service shows up with plywood sides temporarily bolted to the wire frame trailer and the equal of 2 pic up loads of mulch ~ for us ! I greeted my grinning friend in the yard and made a polite inquiry. He reminded me that last October on a certain day I told him I wanted to change from black mulch to redwood in 2013. He wrote it down and showed me last years pocket note book with the date and note. He sets things like that aside to do when it is too wet to mow. Just to keep busy. His keep busy for 3 hours cost me $160, which included the cost of the mulch. It is Mid May and so far the yard service account shows payout’s totaling $360.oo. Looks like it will be another good year for yard work. I’m looking at Astroturf in 12 foot wide strips and comparing that to green concrete by the quarter acre. We had 3 snow storms this past winter and “my man” showed up as soon as it stopped falling with his plow truck to clear me a twelve foot wide drive. We have one car with a handicap tag and one with a Disabled Vet tag, so he looks out for us, with glee in his eye and a glint on that gold tooth. Three snow storms cost us $180 in snow plow and walkway clearing. He put one of those annoying back up beepers on his truck, so he woke up the neighbors while maneuvering around our cars, then cleaning up drifts around them after we moved them into the freshly cleared area. As he was leaving I could see 3 neighbors standing at the end of their driveways, waiting to be next. There are 55 homes in Cedar Creek Estates and maybe 4 SUV’s that will actually do something in 12 inches of snow on their own. With the global warming to blame it on, we now only have 3 seasons in Delaware. Snow, Mud, & Central Air. It has been in the 40-60 degree range for about a month. The local weather wizard has promised us temps in the 80’s in time for Memorial Day. This has been the wettest spring in Delaware in about 6 years. The pea and lima bean farms are love’n it. We’ll likely get a double crop of peas this yr and follow the limas with corn. The house I grew up in is closed up now, and my feisty 93 yr old mom lives with my 70 yr old sister. But we could always gage the growing season by how high the water rose in the dirt cellar under the house. For the past 4 yrs it has been nearly dry with just a few little tides, as we call them. This year there is 4 feet of water in the 5 foot deep trench down the center of the crawl space. As Johnny Cash said in his flood song, ” How highs the water, Mamma ?” Well, this year it’s 4 feet high and rise’n.

    I don’t expect you to acknowledge this long a reply, and certainly not post it. I just wanted you to know you have a loyal fan in Delaware (3 yrs I believe now) and I think about you and your boat when the wind blows and the rain gets to going sideways. Good luck and may God Bless you and yours,

    Joe Posltles , Lincoln, Delaware

  36. May 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Oh no, that is a lot of rain! Glad you have the prayer to reflect on. Love the wellies!

  37. May 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    That’s a great prayer….you sure did get alot of rain and yes it is good that you have a boat! :)

  38. May 22, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Your post is really gorgeous, serene and whimsical. Quite beautiful. I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

  39. kim
    May 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Love those leopard wellies, I just have plain green ones, but my feet and legs stay dry as I walk through my garden! The “Gardener’s Prayer” stone is a great addition to your garden. Love getting your posts via email and seeing everything you’ve been up to!

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