The Summer Rain

Posted on 06/09/2020 By

I always like walking in the rain so no one can see me crying! - Charlie Chaplin.

Bertie: “Wot??? We are going to Wisley Gardens this afternoon. It’s raining and forecast to get worse!”

Bobby: “There is no ‘we’. You are always going on about your mohair, so I am going on my own!”

And he did.

Bertie: “The problem with his OCD nature is that he had to book a ticket in advance to get in and booked for two Thursdays, as so many people wanted tickets. Most places like Wisley have had to limit the number who come for social distancing and also for the recording of track and trace. I have no bleedin’ idea wot he is rabbiting on about, but that’s it. You have to book online, whether or not you are a member.

I thought he was mad, but he came back saying he had had a wonderful afternoon. The rain was a soft summer rain while he was there. It brightened everything up. The flowers were more vibrant. The grass greener and the rose scent stronger. And far less people walking round. He instantly thought he could share it with you and walked round every bit of the garden. Right down to the Heather beds at the far end of the Pinetum. We are not suggesting that you take risks when the weather is forecast to be dangerous. But don’t give up for a little summer rain. Just take your raincoat (or brolly) if you must.

Summer Rain… Cliff Richard.

Forgotten … leaves in the summer rain.

Forgotten … leaves in the summer rain.

Phlox. But look carefully for the Humming Bird Hawk Moth feeding in the rain.

Phlox. But look carefully for the Humming Bird Hawk Moth feeding in the rain.

Hibiscus in the summer rain.

Hibiscus in the summer rain.

Zoggy Zinnia.

Zoggy Zinnia.

Dazzling Dahlia.

Dazzling Dahlia.

Hibiscus. Plus damp Bee.

Hibiscus. Plus damp Bee.

Echinacea.

Echinacea.

Very wet and beautiful Dahlia.

Very wet and beautiful Dahlia.

Rudbeckia.

Rudbeckia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Cindy Lauper “Who let in the rain”.

Herbaceous Border.

Herbaceous Border.

Herbaceous border, where most of the pictures were taken.

Gladioli.

Gladioli.

Dahlia. We love those bronze leaves in the rain.

Dahlia. We love those bronze leaves in the rain.

Hydrangea.

Hydrangea.

Delta Goodrem “Let it Rain”. Sung for the bush fire emergency relief fund in Australia. When we complain about our weather, we should remember that we rarely experience extremes. In a heatwave, it is only a question of time until it breaks up into storms and summer rain.

Tradescantia.

Tradescantia.

Hydrangea.

Hydrangea.

Lily.

Lily.

Hydrangea.

Hydrangea.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Belinda Carlisle “Summer Rain”.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

We loved this statue glistening in the summer rain.

We loved this statue glistening in the summer rain.

We loved this statue glistening in the summer rain.

 

Into the rose garden. The soft summer rain was getting heavier.

Into the rose garden. The soft summer rain was getting heavier.

The roses came to life in the rain.

The roses came to life in the rain.

Hayley Westernra. “Summer Rain”.

This young Robin, just getting his redbreast, looked pretty soggy.

This young Robin, just getting his redbreast, looked pretty soggy.

Indian Bean Tree.

Indian Bean Tree.

Rose.

Rose.

The rain was getting heavier and heavier, but didn't bother this beautiful Rose.

The rain was getting heavier and heavier, but didn’t bother this beautiful Rose.

Not sure about Bonsai. Clever.

Not sure about Bonsai. Clever.

This one even had miniature Crab Apples.

This one even had miniature Crab Apples.

Supertramp. “It’s Raining Again”.

By now the rain was pounding down on the pond.

By now the rain was pounding down on the pond.

Lords and Ladies.

Lords and Ladies.

Late flower on a Magnolia.

Late flower on a Magnolia.

Cyclamen.

Cyclamen.

There is a café past the Heather garden. We can shelter in there. "Closed at 4.00pm". That's it!

There is a café past the Heather garden. We can shelter in there. “Closed at 4.00pm”. That’s it! Time to go before the storm arrives.

Couldn’t resist this, but would the camera's water resistance? Teasel.

Couldn’t resist this, but would the camera’s water resistance? Teasel.

A passing thought for a splendid afternoon in the summer rain.

A passing thought for a splendid afternoon in the summer rain.

And the finest hat in the world… A Tilley.

And the finest hat in the world… A Tilley.

What more could you want? How about a little “Laughter in the Rain”, by Neil Sedaka.

Lighting a Candle in the Summer Rain for Diddley.

Well we hope this has relaxed you. You might like your own rain from the comfort of your settee.

And here it is:

A candle lit for Diddley, reflected in a mirror.

Some people walk in the rain. Others just get wet.

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Gardens    


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