Plants growing strong after record rainfall

The once-in-a-lifetime blizzard in mid-April became a nearly once-in-a-lifetime rainfall in the middle of June. It was getting quite dry around Shawano County, and I am sure most people were hoping for rain, but I am hearing reports of five inches in some areas.

Of course, we have nothing to moan about, as I cringe when I see pictures of the flooding in Houghton and Ironwood, Michigan, and parts of northern Wisconsin, where roads and streets have washed away or split apart from the power of the rainfall they got up there.

That is such a beautiful area, and I have many friends up that way. It boggles my mind when I think how life can change in an instant. As I wrote a couple weeks back, we can all have our own “lava” in our life; it erupts around us without warning. Yes, we don’t hear much about Hawaii lately, but the lava is still flowing there.

All in all, I am thankful for how things are going. I did get everything planted by the end of May. Some seeds were dug up and eaten by a marauding animal, so I replanted that large planter with mothballs and marigolds, and apparently that did the trick.

I was suspecting a furry animal did the deed. However, there seem to be three chickens who have moved into the neighborhood, as I have seen them now and then, so perhaps they were hungry. Whatever, I enjoy catching a glimpse of them now and then and am surprised that a fox or coyote has not found them as yet.

Meanwhile, my one peony bloomed a little early this year, and the other plants seem to be doing well. I have three tomato plants in pots, and they are growing fast with tomatoes on them. I also have a herb pot with dill, basil and parsley in it and another one planted with lemon balm, plus another lemon scented plant. I am not sure what to do with them, other than they are supposed to repel mosquitoes.

The cosmos and zinnia seeds took their sweet time in coming up, and there certainly aren’t as many as I planted, but that is OK, that flower bed also has other plants, and by the end of summer it gets overfull.

I got a couple of new plants this year, hollyhocks for one, and Prairie Glow black-eyed Susans. My other black-eyed Susans seemed to not have wintered over for the most part. Plus, I purchased a couple annual ones that looked interesting. They are all supposed to attract butterflies, so I will see how that works out.

As I drive around, I have noticed that people are leaving their milkweed to grow in their flower beds, and I would, too, if I had any. So sad not to see more butterflies.

Of course, the morning glories are growing wherever they will. I don’t have to plant them anymore. They come up on their own, some where I planted in the past, and others wherever the birds planted them. I love them once they start to climb and bloom; a little chaos seems normal with them.

I have two planters as fairy gardens and want to figure out a way to help my succulents winter over. Perhaps I will need to bring them inside.

I seem to get great pleasure in walking around the yard to check on the progress of the plants. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1