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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Red Sky In Morning

Sailors take warning.

 Gardeners take shelter the rains on the way!


With gratitude in her heart,  for the 3 inches of rain that fell on our gardens! (added 10/8)
Gail

“Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”  
from Venus and Adonis (Shakespeare)

61 comments:

  1. Good morning Gail, that radar map is promising. We have had some precip, but await the red sky of morning, or the gray sky of morning with steady soaking rain would be even better.

    Frances
    http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

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  2. Love the first photo and we too are a waiting a little more rain, YIPPEE.

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  3. Oh - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Maybe it will be a good chance to get some inside work done. My garden takes so much time when the weather is good that I hate being inside!

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  4. It all looks promising Gail. I know you want more than promises. I hope you get plenty of rain. We have had a little rain from this system. My little garden is thrilled.

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  5. Frances,

    It rained and it is raining now...I hope it makes it over the mountain for your beautiful garden and the new plants you've added. I heard a meteorologist say that November and December will be better for TN. Let's hope so.

    Gail

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  6. Darla,

    It isn't quite as red as the red skies in morning but it gave me some hope! Here's hoping you get rain, too.
    Thank you...I shot it from the patio.

    Gail

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  7. Diana,

    Yes inside work...I can dust, there is so much dust in the fall especially a dry fall. My family was always lucky if there was food on the table during good gardening weather. It was a big joke in the family. How is the rain situation for you?

    Gail

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  8. Lisa,

    It rained and the promise was fulfilled! Yippee. Now onto some serious planning about this problem area near the driveway. I hope your garden get enough rain to make it laugh.

    Gail

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  9. Oh yes, blessed rain has been falling in our area. Everything in the garden will look a little better and maybe our leaves will turn beautiful colors instead of drying up and looking like they are dead. Love the photo.

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  10. Hi Gail .. my goodness you guys are EARLY in the morning ! We had a magnificent RED sky this morning and I ran out to the deck with camera in hand and cats at my heels because they KNOW they are supposed to have breakfast FIRST ?
    We have a bit of rain coming our way too ... tonight and tomorrow .. great timing .. I planted some bulbs .. phew !
    Great pictures and verse Gail : )

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  11. Hope you get the rain that you need! Cameron

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  12. Yea, rain! Did you run out to stand in it? ;-)

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  13. Ernestine,

    Isn't the rain a relief? The plants are so happy and this gardener is, too. This winter when we are tired of our wet weather we can remember this day and smile.

    Gail

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  14. shady,

    Not yet, but I will today and I have to lie down and take a photo! It is also a chilly rainy day! It would be fun if some of my garden blogging buddies were nearby for coffee on the porch. Today would be a good day for a few visitors!

    Gail

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  15. Hi Gail, We had almost no rain from this system. I hope you get lots! Your sky pics are pretty!

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  16. Joy,

    I will head up to visit you in a few minutes! This morning when Coal decided it was time to get up he sauntered from the foot of the bed, around the pillows and touched my eyelid with a gentle little pat! Wake up! If that doesn't work, I get the swishing tail in the face!

    Gail

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  17. Cameron,

    We did. If you are still at the beach have a wonderful day?

    Gail

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  18. susie,

    I am sorry you didn't get rain! When you look at the drought photos of the US you can clearly see that many states are effected. I am so very glad we are catching a weather break, it was getting desperate here.....leaves were falling because they were dying.

    Gail

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  19. The rain is wonderful, isn't it? I was dancing around in it yesterday with my camera. Beautiful photos--we had gray skies, though, not red ones:)

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  20. 'Like a red morn that ever yet betokened rain to the gardens.' Who says I can't improve on Shakespeare?

    We are enjoying some rain here too but we didn't need it as badly as you.
    Marnie

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  21. I grew up on this poem. You did a lovely job showcasing it and bringing back memories. We got like 4 inches of rain. I'll be gardening a bit later today!

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  22. Hope you get some rain! My dad was in the Navy so we always used that saying. Maybe you'll even get both in one day: red at night, sailor's delight.

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  23. Marnie,

    I love that one, too! The rain is welcome and now it does feel like autumn in Nashville! Btw...the miscanthus morning light can take the rain but the variegated one is getting laid low!

    Gail

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  24. Tina,

    It is a nice little diddy...Did you ever read Red Sky In Morning? Also a sweet book I read as a young adult.

    The rain is fantastic...I don't know how much we've gotten, I keep meaning to get a rain gauge! Enjoy it my friend and watch out for puddles!

    Gail

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  25. Your pictures are beautiful -- I hope you get the rain you need!

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  26. I'm loving the rain right now! 3.5 inches down here. That's the most significant rain in a loooooong time!

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  27. thank God we did get our rain!!!
    everything in my garden is rejoicing.

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  28. The first shot is amazingly beautiful - I hope you do get plenty of rain now!
    Katarina

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  29. I hope you are getting all the rain you need. We have some today as well and it is much appreciated.

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  30. I know you've had a pretty dry month or two there, so I hope you get some much needed rain!

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  31. Rose,

    I missed my opportunity to dance in the rain...we are now having partly cloudy skies! But I am so happy it rained for you, too!

    Gail

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  32. MMd,

    Yippee we got three inches and I can't tell you how relieved we all are in Nashville..it looked like fall was going to be brown! Thanks for celebrating with me!

    Gail

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  33. Nancy, We did 3 fab inches and we might get more! But right now the sky is filled with big billowing clouds...wonderful....you would love it!

    Gail

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  34. We got a little over 1". I was hoping for more but at this point, I'll take any that I can get. I'm glad you got 3" and I know your garden is thankful!

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  35. It is raining in GA as I type but doubt we will get 3 inches. I will cross my fingers though! Glad you had some moisture on the great TN lands...

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  36. Oh, Gail, enjoy the rain! I hope it doesnt give your big aster any ideas . . .

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  37. Phillip,

    Maybe it will hang around and you will get more rain!

    Gail

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  38. Cosmo,

    That was great! I hope not...especially like MMD's did!

    Gail

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  39. skeeter,

    I am crossing my fingers for you! You need this rain, too!

    Gail

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  40. Racquel,

    We really did and I am glad we had enough rain....It was a relief to see if arrive and I am ready to go back out in the garden. I wonder how quickly it will dry out
    there are plants to plant!

    Gail

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  41. Cindy,

    Thanks...all the wishes of all the bloggers helped the rain hover over my neighborhood...thank you all! It did rain and we had quite a nice amount! Were you needing the rain?

    Gail

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  42. katarina,

    Thank you...it's from my back patio. I love the winter sky, it is always so much more colorful....We did get rain, thank you Mother Nature!

    Gail

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  43. dave,

    I am not sure I know we got more than 3 but I don't have a gauge! (Note to self: Put on Christmas list!) Is your garden smiling? Maybe we will get more fall color now!

    Gail

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  44. Hi Gail! Yes we have been very dry. The only rain of note we had had lately was when my garage roof was off. I'm glad your ground has been quenched.

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  45. Cindy,

    I am sorry I didn't remember, let's hope this front moves into your area and soon.

    Gail

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  46. Woo hoo!!! A break from the drought! So happy for you and your garden. Everything is sighing in relief (at least it feels that way when it happens here). Enjoy the moisture.

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  47. Gail, I'm thrilled for you! Doesn't a good needed rain just make your day? It freshens the air and washes all that dust off the flowers. And no watering for a few days! :)

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  48. Some of us are very happy with rain, others less so. It rained all day last Sunday which was quite a bore as we couldn't go outside. Fortunately after Sunday it stopped raining (well, just a light drizzle every once in a while) and we have had quite a bit of sunshine. So here it's the sunshine that makes people happy.

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  49. The first one is an absolutely stunnning photograph.
    The red look of the sky, just preeceding the rains is a delight to watch. Here, in my part of the world, rains outside the season are almost always accompanied by loud thunderstorms and strong winds; i find the whole atmosphere so created very heady.

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  50. Beckie,


    Yes to all you said! I would add that it helps me appreciate the simple things.

    Gail

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  51. YE,

    It's like that...we desperately needed the rain and you have more than enough of it! I am hoping the sun continues to shine on your roses so we can all enjoy them for a few more weeks!

    Gail

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  52. green thumbs,

    Hello and welcome to Tennessee! The thunderstorms you describe are wonderful...we used to have them, but not so much lately. There wasn't a bit of lighting, wind or rumble to this shower. It just rained. We are having a magnificent day today! A good one for planting and transplanting. I hope yours is perfect, too.

    Gail

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  53. Gail, crossing our fingers worked!
    The rain gauge had 3 inches in it this morning! I am not joking, 3 inches on the mark! I am so excited...

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  54. Skeeter,

    Yippee, we needed every drop here and I know you did, too!

    Gail

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  55. kathleen,

    Today I was able to actually dig in the soil! It wasn't soggy after 3 inches of rain but just right! Thanks for listening to me moan and groan about the drought.Have a wonderful weekend.

    Gail

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  56. bonnie,

    I know you need the rain, too! I wish we could send it your way!

    Gail

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  57. So nice for you... so happy for you and all the TN gardeners that finally got some of that precious commodity from heaven. Your garden should be much happier today.
    Meems

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  58. Hey Gail,
    I saw the Nashville rain during the debate the other night (Chris Matthews called it a TN monsoon, lol), so I was really happy for you. Glad you got 3 inches... that should help make up the deficit for about hmmm, maybe a week or two? It has to help though, and your new Toad Lilies will be loving it for sure!

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  59. Glory to the Rain Gail!!! Isn't it grand!! My garden has finally established itself. This was a horrible year to try and plant a new garden and forget my grass...no hope.

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