Friday, September 27, 2019

Empire bougainvillea

I took pictures at a homecoming parade this morning. At 11 a.m. it was already steamy. By the time I walked up and down the sidewalk taking pictures of the children who'd come to see the parade, my shirt was sticking to my back.

After the parade, I walked a few hundred yards back to the car. Once inside, I cranked up the AC and let it blow on my face.

I got home just in time for lunch. Call me anything, but don't call me late for a meal.

While doing chores after lunch my phone chimed. It was the Weather app saying to expect a brief rain shower in four minutes.

Both Jilda and I stepped out onto the back deck to get a first-hand view of the weather.

It took a few minutes, but then I felt a drop on my left hand. A moment later, Jilda felt a drop. We were almost giddy.

I leaned my head back and looked into the sky. A jagged cloud was moving off to the east. A raindrop as fat as a dime fell just under my right eye. It rolled down my cheek like a tear.

While it was only a few drops, I was thankful.

The one plant we own that loves this kind of weather is a pink bougainvillea. When we first got the plant it didn't bloom. When I Googled the problem, it said that I might be watering it too much.

When I cut back it began to bloom. That was last summer. This summer, I only watered when the leaves began to wilt. It's forgiving and it jumps right back out....and it blooms.


  1. That is a beautiful bouganvillea.
    We call that sort of rain 'incontinent pigeon rain'. Splat, splat and it is gone.

  2. Rick, I have waited two days for the rain the weather girl keeps talking about...geesh should have watered the dead lawn anyways. No rain even this morning. It's like praying for rain...way too much all spring setting the crops back about two months in planting. now this draught from summer continues. Glad you had that 4 minute rain to enjoy. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. We are to have rain here today, but so far it is not steamy. However our temps are above normal and every one is wondering what happened to fall. On the bright side it looks like cooler temps are coming our way next week. I'm not sure I'm ready for that. You have a wonderful plant there, glad it likes the weather.

  4. Everyone loves a parade, especially kids and OLD photographers. LOL We enjoyed the visit with you guys today. We will attend an outside wedding today, they are hoping rain will skip them today!
    Sherry & jack in The Blue Ridge Mts.

  5. If you lived closer, we could share our rain. We have had lots of good downpour and sunshine all summer. The ground is now saturated and the water level is high for this time of year. It was a good summer and the lawns didn't even turned brown. We will probably make up for it this winter and in the spring.

    Hope you get a good downpour.
    Hugs, Julia

  6. It is a nice color too.

  7. On Saturday, we have Grape and Wine parade since I live in major wine country not that I partake a lot especially lately. Anyway, it rained most of the day but we need the rain and today, Sunday, has been beautiful and nice and cooler which I prefer. Had a hellish Friday and yesterday, bad sinus migraine but today was a bit better.


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