Six on Saturday – Raindrops

20th June 2020.

The garden really did need some rain. It needed a bit more than some. So, naturally we were thrilled to get a decent drenching overnight last Saturday. To be clear, the garden got the decent drenching while I slept, dry in my bed. Management, known also as mo bhean chéile, informed me that there was accompanying thunder and lightning and I take this on trust despite having no evidence. On the other hand, there is very clear evidence below that there was some rain.

Here’s my six this week…

1. Alchemilla mollis is a prolific self-seeder on Joe’s rockery. Dainty flowers right now, but it’s the way  raindrops stay on the curled leaves that I like best. Joe was my right-hand-neighbour and the rockery is named after him.

Alchemilla mollis, Lady’s Mantle

2. I’m not sure what’s the variety of this Geranium. Again, it’s a prolific seeder and I love it. The rain left many of the flowers in a sad state. Some were wet, soggy & droopy, while others escaped the deluge. Seems the one on top may have sheltered the lower one. All the while, I remained dry i mo leaba.

Geranium love

3. Leaf from Rosa Just Joey holds a few raindrops. I’m noticing that there is some munching going on. Likely the offender is beneath, sheltered from decent drenchings and downpours.

Rosa Just Joey

4. I return a once again to my friend Sorbus aucuparia Rafina, commonly known as Rowan or Mountain Ash. The slightly curled leaves capture and hold the drops tenderly.

Rowan (Mountain Ash)

5. This is one of my three lilies, about to burst into flower. I’d need to go to IcyBetter (my preferred alternative to Specsavers) in order to see the drops clearly. Obviously, I did go and I did see them. The camera did the rest.

Lily about to flower

6. Acer palmatum somethingelseius is in a patio container. Rain was more necessary for this small plant, as is the case with many that are potted, rather than planted. Scorch and drought damage can be seen along the edges.

Japanese Maple

That’s six, so I’ll leave it at that. If you like this article, you’ll be able to find many many more by visiting The Propagator. He is the instigator. I am a fan, together with the aforementioned many many more. Truth be told, you’ll be able to find them using the aforementioned link even if you don’t like my article.


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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Michele Burke

    Loving your posts 👍

    1. Pádraig

      Delighted you like them, Michele. As you know, this writing is good for my head! The trick is to do it also when I’m not feeling so good!

  2. Chris Mousseau

    I love rain on foliage shots – and especially the Japanese maple one at the top. No offense to Acer palmatum somethingelsieus.

    1. Pádraig

      Rain on foliage is universal & loved by many. Yes, I’m sure you noticed I cheated a little bit by including the purple acer as a featured image in addition to the six.

  3. Lisa

    I love close-up shots of rain and dew drops! Thank you for featuring them today.

    1. Pádraig

      Glad you like them, a chara! I broke out the Nikon for a change. Been meaning to try some close ups and this was a suitable opportunity. No more rain needed for a while.

  4. March Picker

    I’m a fan of naming areas — Joe’s Rockery truly stands out. Your neighbor Joe should be honored! Now to decide whom to name our rockery after…

    1. Pádraig

      Many thanks, a chara. Good neighbours are worth remembering! Joe would regularly leave a basketful of grapes on the dividing fence for us. His memory lives on. I’ll be on the look out to see what you come up with for your rockery. On the other hand, we had a neighbour on other side but I chose not to name anything after her! 😢 It is what it is!

  5. Noelle M

    I love the way that the drops are captured against the green leaves, washed fresh again.

    1. Pádraig

      Yes Noelle. All fresh & clean! And you know, it’s possible to feel the cleaner air too. A nocturnal downpour is the best too.

  6. Paddy Tobin

    I’m not up to speed on this “Six on Saturday” though I’ve seen a few people post it. What’s the story? Good photographs, by the way!

    1. Pádraig

      Hi Paddy, just check the link to The Propagator within the post. Details there. Simply put, we document just six things from the garden this week. Six of anything… I’m loving it. Great bunch of people and they provide me with plenty bedtime reading. Oh.. and I learn lots along the way!

        1. Pádraig

          Its like McDonald’s… I’m lovin’ it.

          1. Paddy Tobin

            I’ve done it but not sure I’ve shared it properly on The Propagator’s site – I copied the link and posted it as a comment. Others have a “pingback”

          2. Pádraig

            I can’t see it, Paddy. What’s the link please?

          3. Pádraig

            All sorted so! Bit of evening reading for me! I’m only up the road from you in Dungarvan. Beir bua, a chara.

          4. Paddy Tobin

            Where I was born! 58 Caseyville!

          5. Pádraig

            Ah no! I’m originally Fitzgerald Terrace! Small world. 🌍

  7. Paddy Tobin

    I used go down to the Flynns in Fitzgerald’s Terrace regularly.

  8. Lovely photos of the raindrops! The top photo being the best by far! It’s the colour of the leaf too! I love the way the raindrops hang tentatively onto the leaves. That is a lovely geranium photo too.

    1. Pádraig

      Thank you, a chara. I agree the Acer is a lovely shot. I included it only at the last minute as a feature photo. Glad you like it.

  9. You can’t beat photos of leaves bejewelled with raindrops. That Rowan leaf is very pretty indeed. We certainly needed all that rain!

    1. Pádraig

      Yes, rain was very much needed, a chara. Enough now, so I want the sun back again!

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