Sunday, November 12, 2006

Oooh, shiny

At this time of year, if I look up out of the kitchen window I'll often see a honey-eater vigorously digging for nectar in the bowels of one of the sublimely surreal blossoms on the passionfruit vine (I never get any fruit, which I now know from my friend S the master (mistress?) gardener, is because the rootstock has died) but it's a pretty covering for the galvo fence so I haven't pulled it out.

But today what caught my eye was the sparkle of water on the leaves after last night's rain. Actually it didn't just 'rain', it bucketed down like the wrath of God, which in itself was quite good fun -- I'd been to the opera with my friend D's daughter, now nineteen and soaking up experience of all kinds like a sponge, and as I drove her home the heavens cracked open with son et lumière thunder-and-lightning, culminating in a blinding flash directly overhead as we drove through some rather scary rain down Adelaide's main street, thick with Saturday night traffic, and knocked out all the street lights on the spot.

The opera was Nabucco, itself full of Sturm and Drang and more of which – I hope – shortly, so the weather really just felt like a continuation of the show. This morning it became clear to me that it had also been bucketing down here at my place, and had flooded both the laundry and the garage.

But who cares? Every single thing in the garden is sitting up smiling with its ears cocked like a Border Collie. The Roma tomatoes are visibly bigger than they were yesterday afternoon and I swear the mint has grown half an inch in all directions overnight.

9 comments:

Zoe said...

Ah, me old gravatar! Aren't they glorious.

It was wonderful to wake up to an overcast drizzly morning here today.

Ampersand Duck said...

...and even better to get caught by rain on the way to work. Everything is looking pert and sparkly and GREEN. And it doesn't look like stopping for hours!

Apparently Canberra is going to have snow mid-week, which is a very surreal thought.

galaxy said...

Do you grow coriander? Any hints? I'm spectacularly good at killing it. Neither fussing over it, nor ignoring it seems to work : (

Zoe said...

snow way!

Mindy said...

Rain wonderful rain! Yay.

Pavlov's Cat said...

I just hope it keeps going for a while.

Galaxy, believe me, I have tried. But I don't know anyone who can grow coriander.

ThirdCat said...

Ahem. Did someone say coriander? You must only ever look at it sideways and never act as if you are giving it any care at all. Then it will thrive.

galaxy said...

Sideways, you say, 3C? I shall work on my glance askance

ThirdCat said...

Yes, or perhaps out from under your eyelashes if you have those kind of eyelashes. Which I do not. Also, I've never been able to grow it in pots. It has to be in the ground.