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The Roses are Relieved

The month of May was one of the wettest months on record for Oregon.

And the first four days of June?

I wore my boots to work every day. Not as a fashion statement … to keep my feet dry. The rainfall during those first four days has already exceeded the average amount we get during the entire month of June.


We’re supposed to get another storm tomorrow. *cries*

I feel like I’m in a dystopian novel … maybe one written by Susan Beth Pfeffer:

It wouldn’t stop raining.

Crops were unable to set flowers, and thus unable to produce fruit.

Corn seed refused to germinate.

Vegetables wilted from too many water.

Blankets and canned food were all that stood between humanity and destruction.

But today was warm and sunny!

Please excuse me if I repeat that loudly, with lots of exclamatory punctuation:



Portland is the City of Roses. Usually by this time of year, our roses are bursting with blooms. Instead, most look like this.


I snapped this photo of one of my Chrysler Imperial blooms at noon today … gratefully soaking up the sun.


Here’s that same bloom (I think) by late afternoon … practically rolling around in the sun … lavishly fanning out its petals … Or maybe I'm projecting.

Enjoy the sun, little doomed bloom.


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Jun. 6th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I, too, have been feeling like I'm living in that same novel. Today would have been lovely if I hadn't been spreading yard debris compost. All that rain, the whole 6 inches that have fallen since the middle of May, have soaked into the pile at the landscape supply place, completely saturating it. The mulch is exhausting to work with and miserable to spread. And even once it begins to dry out on the ground, it doesn't look right. Sigh.

The rain tomorrow didn't surprise me. I have an event planned, so I've known for weeks that it would rain on that day. It's the storm coming in for Wednesday & Thursday that put me over the edge.
Jun. 6th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I hope your event goes well, Lisa, despite the rain.
Jun. 6th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
I hope the sun stays out for those roses... just a little bit longer!
Jun. 6th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
It. Is. Pouring. Again.
Jun. 6th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Hurrah for sun! We had scads of it in Ireland, which is unusual, but last summer in Vermont was like what you described--rain, rain, and, just when you thought it might be over, more rain.
Jun. 6th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Raining again here. :-(
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Jun. 6th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
But Melodye.

It's pouring again.

At least the worm is dry.

Jun. 6th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Here too, nothing but rain it seems. Well yesterday we had our first full on sunny day. It was lovely. But, it is raining again now. Gah.
Jun. 6th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
We had some rain last night too...and we're supposed to get more tonight and a little tomorrow -- though the high tomorrow is also predicted at 98 degrees (ack). Won't the rain just evaporate before it hits the ground???
Jun. 6th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's been so difficult. Yesterday was wonderful, and we spent hours of it wandering around town. In the night I became aware of the rain starting again, constant, steady, and strong. It sounded like a fan blowing. This morning I felt like the life had been sucked right out of me. I'm so glad that the pictures on the forecast for this week include some sun. I'm so hoping that it's true.
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