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Raindrops on Roses

It began to rain last night in the early morning. I heard it during a bladder call. It was still raining when I got up hours later. It was a gentle rain, and the sky was still gray for awhile after I got up. Now it is early afternoon and the sun is out. The sky is bright blue with fluffy white clouds.

Since he sun had come out, I decided to put my little seedlings I bought about three weeks ago out into the sun. I had put them into the rain when I got up and the sky was gray, but now that the sun was out the shadow of the roof was covering them. They need to grow in the ground, but my bad knee has made it impossible for me to put them there yet.

I took the photo.

From right top clockwise they are thyme, parsley, catnip, chard, and lettuce. As you can see, something has already been eating them. So I'm bringing them in at night and leaving them out during the day. I started putting them in one of the weedy pots to confuse the bugs, but I put them on top of one today so that the bottom of the box would dry out before I bring it in tonight.

I also wanted to photograph the rain-kissed roses. When I did, I discovered two things I hadn't realized. My roses seem to be sick. The petals are lined in brown on most of them. The other thing I noticed was that there are little dragon fly shaped insects flying all around where my rosemary and one of the rose bushes meet. I've never seen this bug before and have no idea what it is. It was moving so fast I couldn't even get a good look, let alone take a picture.

How does your garden grow? Or do you have one yet? Do you grow anything inside or outside?

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cmoneyspinner wrote on April 7, 2015, 4:48 PM

I love other people's gardens. As for me? Gardening is not my gift.

valmnz wrote on April 7, 2015, 5:20 PM

I started growing herbs last year and have enjoyed using them fresh instead of dried in packets. I bought a basil plant the other day, but haven't planted it yet. And oh, those bugs, they love our roses too.

bestwriter wrote on April 7, 2015, 8:27 PM

I have posted enough and enough is not enough when talking about my garden. I too have an issue with my rose plants. But all will be well once it starts raining. I do not like using pesticides. I spread some wood ash on the plants and that seems to work.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 7, 2015, 9:17 PM

I have a flower garden and veggie garden. Also grow some stuff in pots

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 8, 2015, 12:20 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Raindrops on roses? Boring. Now whiskers on kittens on the other hand ....

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 8, 2015, 12:22 AM

My azaleas are beginning to bloom. I was photographing bees on them today and thought of you. Wish I had time to spend editing and posting photos right now. Sigh. Hopefully soon.

grandma20121 wrote on April 8, 2015, 1:06 AM

i love gardening but i would love to move this year so im not sure how much ill be growing

Hollyhocks100 wrote on April 8, 2015, 6:06 AM

My rose´s get infested with quite large blue insects which don´t seem to do more than sit inside the open flowers, but even this causes them to brown and die.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 8, 2015, 6:37 AM

You have a green finger .I know of some of the plants you mentioned .I am not sure if the insect shaped like dragonfly is robber fly .

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:24 PM

But you are gifted at appreciating the work others put into their gardens.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:25 PM

Swiss chard appears to be on the favored menu of someone using the garden buffet it appears.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:26 PM

I guess our garden challenges make life more interesting and dealing with them gives us a break from our writing.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:27 PM

I don't have any wood ash around, but I know I would use sprays. I do have one more thing to try.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:28 PM

Sounds like you're off to a good start.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:29 PM

Yes, that song was running through my mind when I wrote the title for this.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:30 PM

We are deep into taxes now, so my online time will continue to be scarce until we finish.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:31 PM

Just grow your garden in pots you can take with you if you move.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:32 PM

I guess I have more to think about right now than the brown edges of my roses. Like taxes. It's not a perfect world.

BarbRad wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:34 PM

I'll have to look up robber fly when I have time. Thanks for the hint.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 9, 2015, 12:57 AM

I had intended to be deep into taxes by now, too, but I haven't even had time to start!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 9, 2015, 1:01 AM

I took pictures of some fluorescent green (i.e. covered in pine pollen) spider webs today and thought of you. I'll post them as soon as I can get to them.

BeadDoodler wrote on April 9, 2015, 6:51 AM

I need to get my herb garden replenished. Even my hardy herbs except for the oregano up close to the house and the gigantic rosemary bush out in the corner have succumed to the drought. I've never had much luck growing veggies, much to my chagrin.

BarbRad wrote on April 9, 2015, 6:29 PM

I'll look forward to that. I'd like to write post now or get tomorrow's blog done early, but I don't know when Hubby will return with the tax data for me to enter. I hate having to stop in the middle of writing something.

Carmelanirel wrote on April 9, 2015, 8:11 PM

Wow, sorry your plants are getting eaten up, I hope you find a soution for them. I do have flowers and some herbs, but I haven't had time to plant seeds this year, so anything I plant will have to be quick. In other words, I missed out on planting my tomato seeds because they should have started back in March since we have a shorter growing season.