Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rain, Rain ......................... Rain!

The past weekend was another wet, stormy weekend. Toronto has broke records for rain fall this summer and my area is well above average but to my knowledge we have not broken any records. I must say it has been great not having to drag the hose around. The photo above is of the treed lot behind our backyard. I have never seen water collect like this in the 5 years we have lived here.

One thing that is not faring well is my cucumbers. The leaves are covered with yellow spots and shortly after they go brown and crispy. They are still putting out cucumbers thought so that is a good thing. I think next year a disease resistant variety will be on the shopping list.

The rain has also been swamping my seedlings but thankfully it does not seem to bother them.

Radishes, with fall beets to be planted beside once the radishes get going

Zucchini, hopefully just enough time to produce before frost, thanks to the pumpkin mix up

The plant that seems to like this weather the most is the accidental pumpkin vine. You can watch this plant grow daily with the one pumpkin going from a large marble size to a soft ball size in a week.

Some what on topic, I have visited another waterfall in Hamilton, ON. This time it was Albion Falls which is located on Mountain Brow Blvd on the south side of Hamilton. The rain has certainly made all the waterfalls more spectacular this summer, usually this time of year the flow is reduced. Here is a few photo's for the waterfall.


  1. Some times too much rain can be an issue also. Glad you are able to handle what Mother Nature is throwing your way. I cannot tell you how much of a pain it has been to drag the hose around all summer long! Arggg, We are finally seeing rain fall today! Much needed rainfall for the drought stricken state of Georgia!

    Your waterfall pics are spectacular. Makes me want to pack my bags and head north! Hum, is that passport updated?; I think so...

  2. Skeeter - There is lots to see in Canada but I am sure there is lots to see in your area. It is amazing what you can find within 50km of your home.

    Hamilton is part of the Niagara Escarpment which includes Niagara falls to the south, east of the city. There is ridge rock all over the area which creates numerous waterfalls. My Mom and I are planning on visiting as many of the area waterfalls as we can this season. So I will keep posting on them.

  3. There are a few waterfalls in the northern GA mountains. We have been to see a few of them but they are nothing like the ones you show here...

  4. I wish we had some rain here, but I can understand how too much rain isn't such a great thing either. Have you collected any rain water from the down pour? It might help with future droughts. hehe.

    Those waterfalls are so beautiful. Canada is such a pretty place. I never would have thought. I just saw it as cold. lol.

  5. dp - I think I heard we have had 47 days this summer with rain, it is starting to get a little gloomy. I am sure it is much needed thought as we have been lacking rain for a few seasons.

    Canada does have a lot of different climates my area has constant snow from Dec/Jan to March/April. Central Canada has a much longer cold/snow season, some parts of Western Canada rarely has any snow like Vancouver but lots of rain and the East Coast is similar to Central Canada but with the force of the ocean thrown in.

    I'd love to like in the Vancouver area, they can grow things all season long.

  6. I was going to say that the cukes may not like too much water. It happens to tomatoes as well I've found.

    That is a ton of water. Nothing's going to like swimming in water long, hopefully it drained well and fast.

    As for Vancouver, I love it there and love having the same climate (though maybe a bit warmer farther south). And yes, I'm looking forward to year-round gardening!

    Keep up the great work!

  7. Sin - The soil does drain water pretty fast thankfully. I took these photo's after a heavy rain that lasted over 3 hours. I am starting to think our climate is turning into Vancouver's climate.

  8. And speaking from one with Vancouver's climate... what's wrong with that? hehe.

    Actually, tons, but I'm learning to deal with it.

    Let's hope the weather gets back to histoic norms.

  9. You're lucky to have rain at all...we haven't had a single drop since the last week of February.

    Those waterfall pictures are stunning!