Much Needed Rain

Finally, we’re getting some much needed rain today.  It began in the early morning hours and has continued, often heavily, throughout the day.  We should get 1-2″ out of this series of storms.  We had a brief interlude between showers, so I ran outside and snapped some photos of the flower gardens.  Just in time it turns out; I hear thunder off to the west and see a line of dark clouds heading our way.

Despite the best attempts of the lily beetles, many of the lilies have bloomed beautifully.

IMG_5359IMG_5363IMG_5377

IMG_5381
Couldn’t resist the rain drop shot
IMG_5348
The hollyhocks are doing well too, and have bloomed earlier this year than is their norm. The Japanese beetles inevitably get to them and make them look ratty, but I still love hollyhocks; to me they are one of the quintessential cottage garden flowers.

IMG_5349IMG_5351

IMG_5365
Purple poppy bent over from the weight of the rain