Cloudy With a Chance Of…

Apr 27, 2015 | 1 comment

The Rhodie Tour Poster

The Rhodie Tour Poster

This is the iffy time of year here in the Northwest – especially on the coast. It’s hard to count on the weather, yet there are enough of those bright, sunny days to lull us into thinking we can begin to do outside things. Like go on garden tours. “Surely it won’t rain,” we say.

That statement is usually followed by something like “A little rain never hurt anyone, anyway; we won’t melt.” But, as in the case of next Saturday’s “Rhodie Tour,” we begin watching the long term forecasts a bit fearfully well ahead of those events planned for the great out-of-doors. I usually check in with Mike Challis’ online site. Mike provides “live, local weather reports” from right here on the Peninsula and I find his predictions to be the most reliable. (Mike is also our go-to computer guru and is also reliable in that department.)

Croquet Gala c. 1985

Croquet Gala c. 1985

Right now, it looks as though we may luck out on Saturday and be able to enjoy the gardens on the Rhodie tour with only a slight chance of rain. And, since that was the very same prediction for this last weekend and both Saturday and Sunday were gorgeously sunny, I have high hopes. I also have my bright yellow rain hat which goes with me everywhere most of the year, anyway.

It used to be that, if possible, we planned outdoor events for the fall. (I’m talking non-tourist-non-summertime-events here — the ones we plan for ourselves, not for the outside world.) September and October are traditionally the best months for counting on clear skies and warmish daytime temperatures. For nineteen years Nyel and I held our Annual Oysterville Croquet and Champagne Galas on the Sunday after Labor Day. We were never rained out – not even close.

Sydney in Yellow Rain Hat

Sydney in Yellow Rain Hat

But I think the milder, drier spring weather of recent years has been lulling us into complacency. Or maybe we are just developing a more waterproof crop of locals. And besides… you can’t very well enjoy the full glory of rhododendrons in bloom at any other time of year. So, we’ll see you on Saturday. I’ll be the one in the yellow hat!

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Our new house has rhodies just ready to bloom and the retaining wall man is going to have to dig them up. He says he will put them back with nice big root balls, but I am dubious. They are decent sized and I would hate to have to start from ground zero (literally). I’ll miss the tour, but I am sure that there will be lots of nice rhodies to see everywhere come Mother’s Day!

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