Wednesday, July 7, 2010

in the garden with karma and dharma



I hope you all
had a great weekend...
mine was anything but typical
it rained for the 4th..







and I do not mean the normal
monsoon type storm that blows in
on the late afternoon sun when you are
already a bit weary of the heat...
and welcome the cool moist air
and a brief thunderstorm...







no...
this was a torrential soaker
with weird tornadic clouds
dropping a lot of rain
in intervals
and brought a flood warning to our little town...





not that I complain about rain
mind you...
but it was certainly different!!
not a BBQ-y sit in the sun and eat watermelon kinda day for sure
the fireworks were rather subdued, being watched from the upstairs bedroom
instead of the back yard on a blanket!





when the sun came out on monday
the dogs and I went out to pick raspberries...
well dharma and I went down to the patch
karma decided the grass was cooler in the upper garden!

studio dog loves to pick
raspberries and he is responsible for the ones close to the ground
although his berries never seem to end up in
my bowl...






I think everything grew about 4 inches overnight...








which is great for all the produce
but the weeds seem to keep up with the pace as well!








I harvested my first bunches of organic lavendar
this weekend and hung it to dry
I usually sell it and keep some for myself








today is wet and rainy again
and that too is unusual
so strange to have a rainy day in the summer...





my grey beard
little karma waiting patiently for us...






the mosses are doing really well with all the moisture





well it will be a great studio day with no distractions..
except to
come visit
YOU!!



31 comments:

priti.lisa said...

Hi Cat!
Your garden is lush and gorgeous...it's our 3rd day of 103 degrees, when it finally storms it will be a doozie for sure.
Have a happy day :)
xox

Linda said...

What a beautiful garden!!!!!!! And adorable dogs. I just love the whole thing.

Margaret said...

fab bit of green just popped up on my sidebar! what a gorgoeus garden you have, so many interesting corners to explore! Mx

Renee Howell said...

Lovely "tropical" garden journey. There HAVE been GREAT skies this year in the dry, high plains dessert parts of Colorado!

cardinal arts said...

lovely garden - guess you can just think about how much more the garden will grow from this new rain?
thanks for sharing that - and photos of your lovely dogs too!
__a

Yvonne said...

I know what you mean about the rain, as we have had more than our share for sure. But like you said it does make for a lovely garden and flowers...I won't mention the weeds! LOL But the rain is really a blessing after last years drought. YOu have such a lovely garden! The dogs are lovely too!

deannawelch19@gmail.com said...

lovely!

dosfishes said...

Garden looks fabulous and the doggies, so cute, you know how I love the hounds. You have had weird weather this year, but I think everyone has. The universe is challenging us to get our act together!
Glad you mosses are thriving.They feel marvelous under bare feet. xox Corrine

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Your garden is spectacular! I loved each photo and felt I was there following you and puppy. Sorry about the 4th rain...we were cool and foggy...I'm sure that disappointed the families shivering at the beach.
Enjoy your studio day and your summer harvesting!

lynne h said...

wow, cat, that does seem strange your getting this rain... our weather has been in 'normal' mode for a few weeks and i'm sure enjoying it.

love and happy creating to you! your garden is beautiful! (and so are your dogs!)

xo

Manon Doyle said...

Hey, Cat!
That is an awesome title!! I'm still in Canada in a heat wave. Rain would be welcomed.
Your garden is spectacular. Thanks for sharing these great pics!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Our rain was about the same as yours. It lasted for three days, also producing flood warnings. Our fireworks were canceled due to the rain. Not your usual July, that's for sure.

Your garden is so green and beautiful. Even the moss looks great. I agree that everything has grown overnight. Even my back yard that was showing signs of distress has popped out of it. I bet even the corners and weeds are beautiful at your place, though. All your photos are so exquisite, I wouldn't know where to begin. Glad you are back.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

sorry you had rain for the 4th ... amazing they could do fireworks at all

we are parched and cooking here in N VA ... doing the rain dance ... so if you please ... send some our way :)

lavender is such a gorgeous plant ... I have never noticed any bugs on ours in the 25+ years I've grown it ... the only thing I do is harvest the stems and it does its thing year after year ... mother nature is so amazing isn't she

your doggies are cute and so close to the ground !
oxo

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I do love it when everything grows 4", so much, overnight. -J

Elizabeth said...

What a gorgeous garden tour!! Please send that rain our way we are baking! Love your Dharma and Karma , what perfect companiions. They certainly have great taste, fresh raspberries for breakfast!!!! Smart doggies!!! We are off to the beach to find some coolness!!! Hugs!

Dianne said...

Your garden is amazing! I love the rocks and moss and flowers! Those roses are just bursting! Wow... Thanks for visiting and leaving a name suggestion for my new addition... I'm favoring Luna too... It goes very well with Verna...

merci33 said...

Such a lovely walk through your lush garden with Karma and Dharma in attendance...complete delight.

Jasmine said...

Your garden looks stunning. I pray for rain at night so that the garden herbs and the trees get all they need, and in the morning we are blessed with rainbows and sunshine. May this week end be gentler xJ

Nathalie Thompson said...

Your garden is so serene. Even on HOT days, I'm sure it's a refuge.
I have a garden post coming up tomorrow, not to be missed! (heehee)

Marilyn Rock said...

There never seems to be a great balance with weather around the country and world. Our grounds are like concrete now in the midst of a heat wave. We could use a little rain. You surely got quite a storm! Your gardens are lovely! xxoo

WrightStuff said...

Tornadic clouds? Woo, they sound a bit scary!!!

Your garden looks so enchanting and magical. Are there fairies at the bottom?

Deborah said...

Lovely photos of your garden and dogs.

Sophie Munns said...

Caterina.....your gardens it he bestest lace .....
WOW!
I never saw such photos before?
Loved hat last photo immensely....like WOW too!
really you are a trick...
what is your next surprise?
Sophia xox

Seth said...

Just love all that nature!

Sharmon Davidson said...

It seems the weather has been a bit odd all over lately, doesn't it? Your garden is looking gorgeous, though, and I love seeing the dogs!

Studio Sylvia said...

Verdant, green, green, green. So many shades! So many other complementary colours and quite an array of textures in your little part of the world, Cat. Lots of inspiration for when you return to the studio. And dear little four legged friends to keep you company.

Lori Saul said...

Gee what a beautiful garden and I love your happy hounds. It looks like a park. I have been working in the garden and took a nasty fall yesterday- all bruised but happy that the weather is finally getting summery here. Sorry about the rain- it has been a strange year weather wise. Have a glorious weekend Caterina!!

Gaby Bee said...

Gorgeous photos, Caterina! Your garden looks fabulous and your doggies are sooo cute! Thanks for the wonderful walk. Enjoy the summer!

Lisa said...

your garden is so yummy.. i love your moss...it's my absolute favorite! I keep planted containers of moss but the chipmunks and the birds are always digging it up and stealing pieces of it!
Lovely lavendar...Every year I plant it but our winters have been so cold it doesn't survive very well..but i keep trying...

rivergardenstudio said...

I love the story of your storm, and seeing your garden, the moss, the pathways in and out, the lavendar, it's a beautiful life! roxanne

Linda said...

Your photos have a wonderful quality of light to them...really gorgeous. The lavender looks especially beautiful...such a relaxing smell :-)

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