Sunday, August 12, 2007

fireworks and rain, courtesy of Mother Nature

Rain, glorious rain! Early Saturday morning, Mother Nature put on quite the show here in the Twin Cities. Non-stop thunder and lightning for at least 3 hours. And 2 beautiful inches of rain. Then Saturday evening, a repeat, with another 1/2 inch of rain and about 9 pm another fireworks show to our south. This was all marred by power outages, huge winds, downed trees, etc. But at our house, luckily, just beautiful rain and quite the light show. My gardens are doing a happy dance, and so am I, as no watering for 2 whole days!!!

This is a hibiscus I put in last year, and it is blooming for the first time today. It's supposed to be a pale yellow. The bud that will open tomorrow looks yellow compared to these blooms, so maybe the longer it blooms, the more yellow color I'll get. However, I am not complaining about the white - very pretty!

This is one I showed you in an earlier post (photo below). It started out white, but now has very definite pink coloring. Look at the great layers on this bloom.

Some of my hibiscus (the new one and the dark red "Christy") have fat leaves that are green.

The other three have skinny leaves - 2 have reddish leaves and one has super-skinny, serrated green leaves. Very interesting.
I was hoping to stay up and see the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight - but we have a lot of clouds right now, so may not happen. We had a lovely cooler, less humid day today, but tomorrow is supposed to be right back in the 90's with high humidity. This has been a very hot, dry, humid summer so far. Hope you all had a great weekend!

17 comments:

Susie said...

I posted a picture of my hibiscus too. Love the color of yours! I haven't noticed a color change on mine as they open..
Glad you got that much needed rain. We won't have any until probably Oct.
Have a great week!
:)
Too funny... Your comment came in just as I was leaving this :)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Gorgeous, as always!!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Oh, I'm so jealous that you got rain! What a treat! Thanks for sharing. I'll enjoy rain vicariously through your blog. ;) Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

peter hoh said...

Yeah, that was quite the lightning show in the wee hours Saturday morning. One of my pepper plants was knocked over by the wind, but other than that, we had no storm damage.

Me said...

Your hibiscus are positively lovely.

We only had one of the showers. We had a big storm and lots of rain on Saturday morning but didn't see a drop of it on Saturday night.

I tried to catch the Perseids on Sunday morning and this morning (at five on Sunday and at four-thirty today). Hubby said they were supposed to be strongest at four. I didn't see anything. :(

But I did have a pleasant breakfast looking at the stars and listening to the insects and frogs.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Yay! for the rain. Your flowers, as always, look absolutely gorgeous. I'm come to your website every day to see the pretty pictures and just sigh.

meresy_g said...

Beautiful Flowers. Don't you love tons of rain, where you don't have to water for a few days? My favorite thing. And everything looks so lively right after.

Barbara said...

You were longing for rain...and we've had too much of it the last few days. We even had floods in many parts of the country. But today finally the sun came out, a little bit of a summer feeling! Tomorrow will be rainy again, according to the weatherforcast. However, we cannot change it and have to accept...
Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a nice day! Barbara

Nan - said...

Kris, those hibiscus are spectacular! I wanted to tell you that I've given you an award here:

http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2007/08/rockin-girl.html

T*mmy said...

I hope some of that rain moves down into the South, they are in drought right now according to my Mama in KY...never has she seen it so bad, she told me!
Your hibiscus are glorious, no matter the colors!!
:)

violetlady said...

Beautiful pictures. I certainly wish we would get a good soaking rain. The grass is so dry it crunches when you walk on it. I also looked at the link to the photos of the bridge collapse. Excellent photos of this terrible tragedy.

The Texas Connection said...

Hey this is the day, we had a beautiful rain about 4:00 to 4:30 today-----much needed and certainly appreciated.
The hibiscus are Beautiful. What a wonderful thing that they have species that withstand the cold now. I remember when we first got Rhododendron that wouldn't die out in the Winter.
Again, really enjoyed the downpour.

Trailhead said...

I miss summer storms. Ironically enough, Portland doesn't get them.

kate said...

Hi Kris,

We must have had the same storm although a bit earlier on Saturday. It was wonderful to have some good rains finally. The garden was happy as was I. I had to laugh when I read that you thought the same thing - no watering!! I felt as if I was on summer holidays.

Your Hibiscus are gorgeous and I am envious - I couldn't grow them here... so I shall enjoy from afar. I like the way the white one turned pink. The petals have such a cool texture.

Toni said...

Nice to meet you! another zone 4 gardner....You flowers are great...we are helplessly looking to get some rain..today maybe the day...have a great week..Toni

Laurie & Chris said...

Kris ~ Your hibiscus are so pretty. I have never planted these. I may have to give them a try next year :)

Beth said...

We've had rain recently too - what a blessing. My annuals have been rejuvenated!
The rain was a welcome reprieve from having to water ....