Wow we expected rain in the early morning – but it was heavy noisy rain on the tin roof in the loft from 3 am to around 6 am when it started to taper off. We had received 63 mm when I checked around 7 am.
It rained on and off all day. The total rain since last night was 71 mm, so 110 since last Monday am.
I took cuttings of scented pelargoniums and penstemon Hidcote Pink, and planted daffodils, coral bells, and liriope under the plum by the hut. Daffodils were mostly pink and white and orange – Funky monkey, Nona, Hot pink, and Annalise. I also transplanted Stock and some lettuce and silverbeet and weeded around the self sown peas growing from the pea haulms I put around the tomatoes (these will probably be Carouby).
The Tip Dahlias are flowering brilliantly. I spotted a couple of big clumps of these at the rubbish tip and brought one of them home – the other one went to the woman running the tip that day. I expected they must be some really ugly horribly invasive dahlia, or why would someone bother to dig them out and take them to the tip? But they are beautiful, deep purpley red with bit of green at the centre as they open, changing to yellow as they mature.