Welcome Home Surprises

We were on an extended trip and had many surprises when we returned.  Some of them were not good, like a citation from the neighborhood association for my front beds.  Ironically, I am the one in the neighborhood that weeds on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, I had a beautiful Blue Bonnet (our beloved state flower) in the front and it died while I was gone.  Mind you, it is an annual and I would have probably let it get to that state so I could collect the seeds. I had to give a written account on why my beds looked bad and I blamed it on the 12 inches of rain we received while I was away.

Before the 12 inches of rain arrived, there was a violent thunderstorm that downed many branches.  This is just one pile I cleaned up.

A good surprise was finding gingers that had sprouted from last year’s cuttings.

There are quite a few, so I’m not sure what to do with them.  Maybe they will grow where they are.


The best surprise of all was that the Automatic Garden did its thing while we were gone and greeted us with beautiful blooming flowers.

31 Comments on “Welcome Home Surprises”

  1. Had the same rain here and Rainlilies! Welcome home.

  2. Tina says:

    Coming back to a garden after travel can certainly be scary, and sometimes, rewarding!

  3. Deb says:

    I agree with the blue bonnets having been to watered ,as the cause of death, I believe they like it drier than some plants. Your other plants seem to enjoy the extra water though!

  4. Your neighbors need to get lives of their own.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great spring flowers!😁

  6. gaiainaction says:

    Always nice to come home to the garden and make discoveries 🙂

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    12″ is a lot of rain for 2 weeks! Hope you don’t have to pay a fine – it seems unfair!

    • The 12 inches was in one day. The soil loosen and trees fell, killing a young woman in her car.
      No fine, but if you get 3 letters they put a lien on your house. So yup, I pulled up the Blue Bell.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Hurricane Irene dumped that much here and it was a disaster that took weeks to clear. I hope your neighborhood wasn’t too badly damaged.
        Rural living here has its benefits, I guess. We might not have many services, but we’re free to plant at will. I only have to watch for the cutter bar tractor coming through at the end of the season, leveling the roadsides in prep for snowplowing.

      • I was actually caught up in Hurricane Irene in the northeastern US. I had to change airports to fly out. You don’t have to give me your exact location, but what part of the country do you live in? Is that the same Hurricane in 2011? Living on the Gulf Coast, we kind of laughed about an inland hurricane and then were surprised when we were trapped by floods and downed trees.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I live in Western Massachusetts, yes, Irene 2011. Every 20 years or so a hurricane will cruise up the coast and head straight north through CT and beyond. VT really got hammered as they are all high hills and river valleys that became torrents.

      • We were in central PA and were to fly out of Philly, but changed the flight to Syracuse. All the roads out were flooded or blocked. We found one way heading in the opposite direction and that road became blocked We ended up on a farm lane to get out. We were hundreds of miles from the coast and it was still bad.

  8. Your rainilies are a delicate pink. Lovely.

  9. shoreacres says:

    I had a friend take on the Bellaire garden “police” once. When they confronted her about her unkempt yard, she just fixed them with a steely glare and asked, “Isn’t Bellaire a wildflower sanctuary?” When they admitted it was, she said, “Well, these are wildflowers, and I’m letting them go to seed before I mow.”

    I don’t know if she actually could spot a wildflower at sixty paces, but she held them off and didn’t get cited.

    I was thinking about you yesterday, when I saw that my cicada killers are back. Last year there were two. This year, I’ve already spotted three!

    • The neighbor association can be good or bad. We have a house with a mess down the street and a pool that is not fenced in. I think I was caught up when they came for that house. They probably did the whole street. It’s just that I weed almost everyday and they checked while I was away.
      I haven’t seen any cicada killers yet. They made lots of nests last year.

  10. tonytomeo says:

    That’s a pile? We don’t get storms like you do, but we do get bigger messes.

  11. Sheryl says:

    My weeds and grass always seems to grow faster when I’m traveling. There’s always to much that needs to be done when I return from a trip.

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