It's warm, humid, windy and getting darker by the minute. Rain is clearly on the way. The gardener in me is happy at the prospect of rain. We have a tour of our garden scheduled for late August and some July rain would be a big help in keeping things looking good. I already have a pair of hoses hooked together to reach all the plants that are in the holding beds. Plus a peony, eight big Hostas and a clump of Eupatorium 'Chocolate' that got dug up when Matt was setting boulders last week. That's about as much watering as I want to do.
To be honest, however, I must admit that the homeowner in me does not want rain as Matt and Mark are out in the driveway digging down — excavating by hand — as they start to remove more soil in preparation for laying the gravel base for the pavers.
Matt's four-wheel drive, articulated front end loader is Italian and referred to as "Guido."
This is what Matt was using this morning to move the dirt he and Mark were digging out.
It took the better part of a week for the muck to dry out after last Monday's rain. So part of me really did not want more rain to slow down the project. But the sky kept getting darker as they worked. (My Traffic Island garden glows in this low light).
Weather Bug tells the story.
As soon as the rain began to fall the guys realized it was going to pour off the roof into the trench they'd just dug as Mark had removed the gutters to make it easier to work.
So they quickly put together a "Rube Goldberg" contraption to funnel the water away from the house. Back to a mucky driveway and work temporarily put on hold.