A-to-Z Challenge: Garden

Deviant Art: Darkosikman – Rain in Garden

I Love the Rain…

… because it nourishes my garden during a scorching summer day here in Texas. Hm, maybe it would be a different story if I live near a city where acid rain takes place: mutant flowers and creating a dangerous place to dance in. I have so many things I want to do and envision so many garden projects in my mind: trellises, canopies, pathways. My siblings and I have inherited our parents’ green thumb. Growing up, we had fun experimenting with growing with a bunch of things: grape trees, corn, lima beans, mango trees as our parents poured their efforts in growing squash, lettuce, peppers, mint, cucumbers, bitter melons, pear, persimmon, apple trees.

Right now, my boyfriend’s family has gifted me with a garden plot, and I’m learning how to work with the soil in this area. I leveled the garden by raking the ground and adding layers of topsoil. It’s fairly sandy and the climate can be very hot during the summer in this region. Gladiolus, dahlias, sunflowers, hibiscus, and bluebonnet flowers shot up into the air pretty well with no problem. Lettuce grew well during the winter. Squash and pumpkin vines climbed onto the fence well! I had trouble growing tomatoes and herbs.

Rain in Pop Culture

I also love rain soaked scenes in movies which seems to heighten the drama and emotions experienced.

Prince’s song, Purple Rain, inspired a Rain Room in a museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles Times – In a tribute to Prince, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided that the water in the popular Rain Room installation would be turned purple. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Quotes about Rain

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  1. cindy knoke says:

    I love the joy in this post.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Cindy! It was refreshing to write! I was recently enjoying the rain in my area that day as well. Lovely. ❀

  2. Sadje says:

    Beautifully written!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Sadje! There’s so much beauty in rain. It must be hard to step away from WP at times. πŸ™‚

      1. Sadje says:

        That’s too true.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Mel! πŸ™‚ ❀

  3. Winnie says:

    Wonderful post! πŸ™‚β€οΈ

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Winnie! I love my garden! It helps me unwind. πŸ™‚ ❀

  4. joyroses13 says:

    Awesome quotes! Love the new ones I read and you have one of my all time favorites. “Life is not waiting for the storm to pass….” ❀

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Carolyn! I enjoyed writing this one very much. That is a popular one! We’re riding on the same frequency. πŸ™‚

      1. joyroses13 says:

        Yes we are! πŸ˜‰

  5. iScriblr says:

    Wonderful!❀️

    1. iScriblr says:

      PS – I’m totally with you on “rain soaked scenes in movies!” πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

      1. theresaly520 says:

        Hehe! πŸ˜‰ Directors know their stuff! πŸ˜€

    2. theresaly520 says:

      My garden, my love and joy. πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. Lacey Dearie says:

    One of my favourite facts about rain is that when it rains on Neptune, it rains diamonds.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Wow! Thanks for sharing this fascinating thought! I think I’ll look up photos! πŸ™‚

      1. Lwbut says:

        Sorry – you won’t find any! It’s more of a theory than a fact and if it happens it is so far beneath the layers of planet we can ever see into we will never be able to get a working camera to last long enough to take a pic! 😦

        1. theresaly520 says:

          😦 And I was envisioning a rain of diamonds! Fun to imagine the theory coming to life! πŸ™‚

          1. Lwbut says:

            Thinking about it… it is possible to have diamonds rain down upon us here on Earth!

            Diamonds are simply pure carbon atoms collected into a small space and then put under tremendous pressure (which also heats them in the process). This is most commonly done deep in the Earth’s crust, but could also be done in the liquid mantle (magma). When a volcano erupts the magma could contain individual diamonds or it could ‘scoop’ up diamonds from the crust as it shoots up through the volcano spout. Thes may then ‘rain’ down onto the ground below.

            Being uncut diamonds they would not be very sparkly though! 😦

            1. theresaly520 says:

              Good point! I forgot about the original look of diamonds. For some reason I was thinking of Rhianna’s song, “Diamonds”. Not that it would be pleasant to feel that…Like a hailstorm really. πŸ™‚

            2. Lwbut says:

              it could be a bit more unpleasant than it sounds! πŸ˜‰

          2. Lwbut says:

            Saw this and HAD to share it with you!!!

            Nuclear Powered Diamond Batteries that last ‘forever’ and can be implanted in humans (for things like pacemakers!) πŸ™‚

            1. theresaly520 says:

              Wow! Marilyn over at Serendipity said hers would last only for 10 years or so. I didn’t realize nuclear power can be used for public use now. πŸ™‚

            2. Lwbut says:

              Well… maybe not right now – but the concept is sound and some people might have (Synthetic, Carbon-14) diamonds for heart pump regulators soon?? πŸ™‚

              They could be a tad expensive though – what do you think??

            3. theresaly520 says:

              I would think so! A portable nuclear device… “Shot to the heart…” I can just imagine the commercials. πŸ™‚

            4. Lwbut says:

              I think you should copyright that, and maybe some more, then maybe you could sell the rights to them and retire off the earnings?? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

              (Blondie’s ‘Atomic’ might have possibilities??) πŸ˜‰

            5. theresaly520 says:

              πŸ™‚ What a wonderful idea! I tend to bubble over with many creative thoughts.

  7. V.J. Knutson says:

    Lucky you to live in Texas. We certainly enjoyed our winter there. Gardening, I understand, can be so rewarding. Good for you. Love all the quotations. Thanks for being here.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I’m glad! I saw your photos from your trip. Seemed relaxing and snow free! I’m grateful for the warm climate here, πŸ™‚

      1. V.J. Knutson says:

        Yes, we had a wonderful time.

  8. Lwbut says:

    You’ve been gifted a garden plot??? FAN TAST IC ! πŸ™‚

    You added some topsoil to the sandy soil? – The Plot Thickens!!! πŸ˜‰

    Love your post. πŸ™‚ – I must read more of the series!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I’m very excited! πŸ˜€ I have so much work to do with it.

      1. Lwbut says:

        Would it need some method of water reticulation… like a slow drip water pipe?

        1. theresaly520 says:

          That would be a wonderful idea, though I’m not too sure how to install one of those or where I would look for information. Definitely useful for our hot summers!

          1. Lwbut says:

            That’s why i thought it might be a good idea – they are very economical and popular here. Ask at any good gardening centre. Installation is easy but you need a handy water tap or rainwater storage tank.

            You bury the hosepipe (special purpose one) in a shallow trench, about half a spade depth is ok. and either have it on a timer or turn it on when you visit and turn off when you leave. regular visits recommended! πŸ™‚

            1. theresaly520 says:

              I’ll let my readers know how it goes when I install it πŸ˜ƒ

  9. oneletterup says:

    I enjoyed your post. What a unique gift – a garden plot. The quotes are great too πŸ™‚

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I can’t wait to get started. πŸ™‚

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