Rainy Labor Day Weekend; the Queen Elizabeth Tunnel works!

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We decided to give the crew and ourselves a long weekend. Most of the year we are fortunate if we take Sunday off. We finally learned that we need to schedule more down time. This long weekend has been particularly relaxing with giant thunderstorms passing through. I love rain and I am super happy when the plants are watered with rain water. I have to admit I enjoy it more when I know it is not a work day or it is a late afternoon thunder shower after the crew has gone home. We have lost over a month and a half of working days this year because of all our rain! That said I am so happy the drought is over in Houston but it is an adjustment working around our normal rainy weather after 7 years of drought. I checked the rain total on the Harris County Flood Warning System site and in the last 365 days here in the Heights we are at 49 inches : ) Our normal annual rainfall is 52.
Just for fun instead of sharing pictures of our recent project I am sharing some pictures of rain at Ravenscourt Gardens! Happy Rainy Labor Day!

Inside looking out!

Inside looking out from the window next to my computer!

I love the way the rain slides down my 100 year old windows.

I love the way the rain slides down my 100 year old windows.

The holding area.

The holding area.

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The citrus trees I am trying to make into a hedge.

The citrus trees I am trying to make into a hedge.

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Here are some elephant ears Colocasia esculenta ‘Maui Magic’ waiting to go to their new home.

IMG_3868IMG_3869And here is the Queen Elizabeth Tunnel. Every time it rained the Purple Montrose Vitex branches flopped over heavy with wet leaves and made it impossible to get down the path from our little cottage above the garage. We had some spare cedar posts and welded wire panel so I played with a way to create a support for the Vitex. It has become a fun feature and I am thinking of growing something on this side to make it a green tunnel!

Happy Gardening!

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