While we are on the subject of rain …… This photo was taken in July. I wonder why I haven’t used it before. Perhaps I have and can’t remember, highly possible. If so I apologise, but I think it might deserve a repeat. It is a callistemon, an Australian bottlebrush, and it lives in a pot on the patio. Patio sounds rather over-grand, I wouldn’t want you to get the wrong idea; it abides on the 3m x 2m paved yard outside the back door. Here it shares the space with a couple of Acer palmatum, a sophora, a blueberry, a liquidambar, an oleander, a peach tree and a brugmansia. Tardis technology. Steep brick steps lead up from here to the rest of the bijou garden. I fell down those steps once and now find them terrifying, but don’t tell anyone, especially not me as it might mean I do even less work up there. This wonderful shrub was another of those, buy now, explain later purchases. But it was greeted with approval and is now a permanent resident. The picture reminds me of one of the carnivorous sundews, with their sticky insect catching droplets. Callistemons however are strictly vegetarian and, luckily for me and its good health, prefer a moist environment.
This is the last week of my sabbatical and still the rain falls. I am hoping that it gets all this nonsense out of its system before next week.