Who’ll Stop The Rain? (From Knocking Over My Plants)
When I got up this morning, after a night of wind and rain, this is what I saw (note: as Judy is travelling, I took all the pictures in this post with my phone):
Is it really possible that just one year ago we were desperate for rain around here? It has been a rainy spring, including some impressive thunderstorms today and yesterday. And the verbatim weather forecast from AccuWeather.com for our area is as follows:
- Wednesday: A few strong thunderstorms.
- Thursday: A shower or thunderstorm.
- Friday: A shower or thunderstorm possible.
- Saturday: The chance for a couple of showers or thunderstorms.
- Sunday: A shower or thunderstorm possible.
Who knew there were so many ways to say: “We think it is going to rain.”
Of course, we haven’t suffered from catastrophic flooding as some have, so my complaints are pretty minor in the big scheme of things. And for the most part all this rain is making the plants pretty happy.
However, some of my tall plants are literally keeling over from the force and weight of all this water. Most notably, the Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), and Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
I’ve already done a fair amount of staking, so the damage could be worse.
In any case, I spent a couple of hours this morning restoring plants to verticality where the staking was incomplete or inadequate. This I do mostly in two ways. First, by tying together bamboo stakes into an X shape placed so as to hold plants up without making them look too constrained.
The really big babies, the Sweet Joe Pye Weed and Cup Plant, get staked with twine to 10′ lengths of rebar. The rebar is pretty well hidden once these guys reach their full height. I had already put up some of the rebar last week, this morning I put in the rest.
By the time I was done, things were looking reasonably upright.
Have you also been thinking of the old Creedence Clearwater Revival song, wondering just who will stop the rain? Any emergency staking going on in your garden?
Tomorrow I am heading to San Francisco for my first Garden Bloggers’ Fling, looking forward to meeting some of you there!