Rain Rain Go Away....yard before

7.07.2013

We have had so much rain in the past week which makes it very hard to keep the yard looking nice. Right now the grass needs to be cut again, but it is too wet with more rain in the forecast. Newly applied mulch has been displaced by the hard rain and flooding, and we have fire ant mounds galore that need to be stopped.

Last week before all this wet mess started I did snap a few photos of the yard right after I finished cutting and edging the yard and applying that fresh mulch not knowing what a mess it would be in just a few short days.


Knockout roses are thriving, but not a lot of blooms.

The newly planted hydrangeas are loving the rain, but us not so much.

These newly planted knockout roses are thriving and blooming.


The white Rose of Sharon is exploding with blooms.

The pink Rose of Sharon by the back deck has bent over from the rain. Mr. Savvy is going to try to tie it back to make it stand up again.

It's loaded with new buds waiting to bloom. What is that in the foreground, you say? Why that is the Savvy vineyard. Well, not quite a vineyard yet. Mr. Savvy planted three grapevines last year and they are doing quite well.

The petunias that were in this pot started dying from something so I replaced some of them with these tall yellow fluffy flowers. Don't remember what they are called. I will not plant them again though. Didn't realize they need daily watering.

I was going to paint this bench this year, but I never seem to get around to it on the few dry days that we have had. Maybe soon. I kind of like the worn patina, but it is starting to rust.

I hope you have a beautiful day where you are and a super week.


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39 comments:

  1. You have such a beautiful lawn and your flowers are gorgeous!!!!! Any type of potted flower has to be watered daily around here....sometimes twice a day! I am guessing you have a sprinkler system to keep your lawn so green all the time when it is not raining? Nosey aren't I? LOL
    ~Des

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  2. Beautiful landscaping! Your yellow flowers are celosia and they like moderate watering.

    You probably have a hot microclimate on the porch due to the cement and stone. I never plant petunias here because they dislike hot weather.

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  3. We were just complaining that it is overcast at the beach and we need to find some sun. Then I read blogs where there is too much rain or it is too hot and I tell myself that I need to shut up and enjoy the day.

    Hope your rain ends soon.

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  4. Beautiful landscaping Kim! Your roses are gorgeous and I love that bench -- can't wait to see what color you paint it! XO, Aimee

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  5. I hear ya girlfriend! While everything is lush and green, it is getting a bit out of control. We had just mulched our backyard, and now it has washed out everywhere. Our blueberries are ready for picking...just have to dodge the rain to do so. Looks like we are expecting it during this next week on and off as well. I too have some painting projects, but of course like you are on the back burner right now. Here's hoping we see a little sunshine this week.

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  6. The rain is obviously great for your garden! So pretty!
    Have a lovely Sunday rain or shine,
    Kelly

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  7. Your yard looks so lovely. We are having the same trouble. I needed to get out again and cut grass and do some weeding, but rain. Just too much.

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  8. Right there with you, Kim. This has been the rainiest 4th I've ever experienced, and the rain yesterday was over the top, CRAZY. Like I've never seen! I don't know when I'm going to be able to mow, it's such a muddy mess! Hang in there - this too shall pass, right? ;-)

    At least you got some gorgeous shots of your yard before it all hit, right? Your yard always looks so beautiful - I know you'll get it back in shape in no time.

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  9. KIM not getting around to painting a bench, nooo say it isn't so! Lol, I didn't think something like a little rain would stop you from painting anything haha. We've had tons of rain here too and the yard is a mess from it, leaves and small branches 'adorn' the yard.

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  10. Your yard and landscaping looks so pretty in these pictures. The mulch looks very nice! I'm so sick of the rain and clouds every day that I want to scream. Our grass needs to be cut since it's grown so much from the rain but it's just too wet to cut it right now. Algae is growing everywhere due to the moisture and shade from our trees. Yuck! Fingers crossed that we are near the end of this wet cycle.

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  11. Kim, your yard is lovely..and we have had enough rain too...hoping for a few dry days to do some tidying up outside..
    Love, Mona

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  12. OOhh sorry Kim. You have had a lot of rain this week. We actually had a day of bright sunshine (only 1 rain shower, about 5 pm) . It was great as the guys were working on my son's shed.
    Today, so far ... sunshine. Sending you some.
    After the rains 32 years ago, we traded out the mulch for landscaping pebbles. It was a great move. This year, we have had quite a time with rains and stormy weather. They are staying put. Nicely behind their brick border.
    Your gardens are very pretty. I will have to check into rose of sharon. They look beautiful.
    Happy Sunday!!
    Big hugs, Gee

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  13. Your garden and yard look wonderful in your pictures Kim. I know what you mean about this rain. My hydrangeas are laying on the ground because. I need to get out and weed again, then lay mulch.

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  14. Everything looks beautiful. We had a month of rain too but it has moved on now. I hate it when everything floods. You will have to rake the mulch back into place once things dry out.

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  15. I love your giant ferns! I like your bench, too. But since you like the patina, could you spray is with a clear ( flat) spray? It would keep it from further rusting and allow you to keep the patina--right? Or does this sound only good in theory? We are tired of the rain here in Alabama, too.

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  16. I couldn't help but notice the schnauzer on your front porch. Do you have a real one to match? I have a mini named Eddie and love him to pieces. I love finding other bloggers who love schnauzers too. :)

    -andi

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  17. Your garden looks beautiful Kim. Speaking of rain, we've been in Florida and never needed our sunglasses or sunscreen, it rained the whole time!!!
    So, did you get the piece you went back to shop for?
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  18. Hi Kim,
    Do you have a "natural" way to get rid of ant mounds? I've been noticing them a lot this year, too! We have well water, so I wouldn't spray anything -- only looking for "natural" suggestions. Thanks! ~Sally

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  19. I hear ya, after awhile the rain gets OLD. It is HOT and HUMID here so I soent all day at the pool! Your yrad looks just beautiful, Kim. I love that bench too. I am antsy for our new plantings to grow and get established:) Not used to all the tiny things. XO, Pinky

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  20. Hello Kim, we were talking about it at church this morning - a year ago we were praying for rain - today we said, 'thank you LORD, our cup is full'. I think we have a few days of sun this week - I hope! Have a blessed week,
    Kathy

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  21. You have really had a lot of rain, this Summer!

    I don't know the real name of the yellow flower but I've heard them called princess feathers.

    I love those two large urns with the ferns. Beautiful! I also like the bench patina.

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  22. Your flowers, your yard, your house -- everything is absolutely gorgeous! We don't have enough rain here in Southern California to have that lush greenness that I miss so much. This Southern girl is still not quite used to the lack of rain here - even after 25 years!

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  23. I am sure that all that rain is making your beautiful yard even more beautiful!!

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  24. Head on over to my blog for some faux sunshine:

    http://bluemopheads.blogspot.com/2013/07/let-sun-shine_7.html

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  25. Your garden looks amazing!We had allot of rain while we were out of town.When I came back I could not believe how everything had grown!
    xx
    Anne

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  26. I forget how pretty your yard looks, Kim. It really is gorgeous and you can tell you have worked hard to make it beautiful. Watering is the bane of my existence and I only planted half this year of what I usually plant. Have a great night-xo Diana

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  27. Kim,your garden looks beautiful...hope it stops raining soon..

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  28. I was just bemoaning the sorry state of the yard I worked so hard on this year. It rains almost every day. The weeds love it and the veggies do not! When I can venture out to weed the mosquitoes are vicious. Take heart that your's looks much better than mine does right now!

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  29. Hi Kim, I know I'm sick of all this rain too. We've had over 9 inches of rain this past week! Your garden is lovely before the rain. My garden needs work too. Hope we see the sun soon!

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  30. What a beautiful yard you have!?! I love your potted urns. The height they add is great.

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  31. Your flowers look gorgeous! Love those huge urns too! Sorry that the rain has been such a nuisance! Hope that it stops soon. Just so you don't buy them again, those yellow fluffy flowers are cocks comb celosia. They come in a variety of colors and there are also small versions that look like brains LOL! I've never been very fond of them either. Love the Rose of Sharon! That was my first plant when I when I was in 1st grade that I bought at a school function. My dad planted it on side of the front yard and it grew forever. I was so disappointed when he wouldn't let me dig it up when we moved! I have since put at least one in each yard. I now have 3 but I think they need to be moved as they are not getting enough sun since the trees near them have grown so much. Thank you for sharing your outstanding gardens! Hugs, Leena

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  32. Your yard looks so pretty. I love the urns that are on the side yard, they are so pretty! I like the bench but if it is rusting you have no choice but to paint it. Hope it stops raining soon for you!! It must be so old by now.

    Cynthia

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  33. we've really gotten drenched this year, have we not? the plus side is that my gardens have never looked better. the dowside is that you can't see them for the overgrown grass that can't be cut due to all the rain! bitter sweet story... your yard is so beautiful!

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  34. Beautiful lawn - took my breath away!

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  35. VERY pristine Kim! Love all the new roses and hydrangea. Will be so worth planting over the next few years. looks beautiful!

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  36. Your yard is looking great, I gave my Homestead verbena a good chopping back to see if that would help, but it hasn't. Hope your Knock Outs do well. The two that the landscaper put in a few years ago didn't do well. One died last year and the other is looking awful. They're double ones. The old "regular" ones out back are like hedges and grow like crazy. They've been there probably 10 years. I was just outside and heard thunder rumbling again. Grrrr! Weeds are taking over my pine island.

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  37. Your garden is lovely and trust me hydrangeas love rain, they'll be lovely after that! Brittany where I live is famous in France for its hydrangeas.

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  38. You have such a beautiful yard. We recently started making small changes to our yard in hopes of having a prettier yard next spring.

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