My return to the Shire after a few days' absence
brings me to a rainy Monday morning.
It reminds me of Karen Carpenter's song "Rainy Days and Mondays."
It looks like we may have another rainy, wet summer.
So far, the flowers like it, but a lot of rain in Tidewater
also means lots of humidity.
And lots of humidity creates unhappy conditions for most annual flowers.
For example, I love zinnias and marigolds,
but they are not that happy in wet years,
easily succumbing to blights and mildews.
Impatiens like the rain, but they will sicken and die with too much,
as happened last summer. After thousands of volunteer seedlings last year,
this spring yielded only a few.
Rainy days are good if one can stay inside,
but not so good if being outdoors is one's preference.
But whether viewed as good or bad,
all have to admit that rain can leave a lovely calling card
when raindrops dot summer flowers: