Joining in with Michelle at Veg Plotting (here) for a one off snapshot of what’s happening in the garden this weekend.

Did I ever mention it rains a lot in Devon?


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  1. derrickjknight March 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply


    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply


  2. FlowerAlley March 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Muddy Duck

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply


  3. Lea March 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    And the rain sure makes everything so green!
    Have a great week-end!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      One thing we can say for sure, it’s all very green!

  4. Dorothy Borders March 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    “Muddy Duck” – I love that! A perfect description.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Yes, very muddy. And my boots leak..

  5. Mark Willis March 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    As you say, nice weather for ducks! I suppose the stream (river?) down below is running too swiftly at present to be good swimming territory for ducks!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      It’s a named river on the map, so I call it a river! Although, certainly in summer, it reduces to a trickle at times. There were ducks on it last year, someone’s pet ducks I think from somewhere downstream.

  6. Piddlewick March 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Rusty duck. But that’s why Devon is so green, right?

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Yes, we do need the rain to maintain the rolling green hills. Maybe just not quite so much?

  7. Steve March 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Its been raining here a lot too. Too bad when the garden is beginning to have spring flowers everwhere

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      The weeds have started growing as well. I’ll have so much to do when I can finally get out there.

  8. Christina March 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    We have rain here today and for a few days more so its not just Devon.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      That makes me feel a bit better. A bit.

  9. surreycottage March 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Yes, we have four cats who are demanding a cessation to the rain so that they can go and gawk at the sheep in the field behind the house! Very soggy garden at the moment and the rainfall report in the village newsletter says that we had 111.9mm rain during January and ‘only’ 55.5mm in February.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Short month you see. No doubt they could have dropped the ‘only’ if February had had more days.

  10. willow March 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    The new hedge looks to be doing well.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks. I think I’ve only had to water it once! There are still some gaps but I raised more plants than I needed so I can fill those when the ground is less like a quagmire.

  11. wherefivevalleysmeet March 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Fortunately it missed us out♡

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I hope today’s rain did too. Some really sharp bursts here, hail included.

  12. justjilluk March 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Our cat, Sith, keeps asking us to turn the rain off. We are his gods.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      If you perfect the technique do please share!

  13. CJ March 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    As, a spot of rain I see. My garden is too miserable to photograph at this time of year. Although I have got a couple of nice new pots to replace ones smashed by the urchins. Love your big stone urn, I think that would give them a run for their money. Hope you have a good (dry?) Sunday. It is forecast to tip down here with gale force winds. No gardening for me then. CJ xx

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Yes, it tipped it down here too along with the wind. I am suffering from cabin fever. We contemplated a walk today, put one foot outside the door and changed our minds.

  14. bumbleandme March 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    It rains a lot in Wales too! It’ll soon be spring and the sun will be shining again……..x

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      It’s good that we can share the rain between us. It would be selfish to keep it all to ourselves.

  15. wherethejourneytakesme March 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    West Yorkshires no different!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Soon be time to build an Ark. (The rabbits and the mice can build their own.)

  16. Julieanne March 4, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Wet duck!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Even worse today 🙁

  17. Sue Garrett March 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    No rain here today but expected tomorrow!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Every time I look at the weather forecast it’s changed. Still plenty of rain on it, they just shift the timings around!

  18. Kris Peterson March 5, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

    I understood that ducks like water!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      In theory. We once rented a cottage next to a big lake with resident ducks and geese. Every time it rained the ducks raced for the nearest thick bush and took cover!

  19. Virginia March 5, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    We were there in September and it was per-fect, utterly gorgeous, weather, views, everything! I’m sorry you’ve got soggy feet, but it used up all the best days for us.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      I can only hope that New Zealand will do the decent thing and reciprocate for my next trip to the Antipodes.

  20. Rosie March 5, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Your garden looks quite beautiful in the mist and rain. Wet here again today after one dry day yesterday:)

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      It’s going to take a long time to dry out, the soil turns to a mud bath wherever I stand on it. Not unusual for this time of year but frustrating when there is so much that needs doing!

  21. Marian St.Clair March 5, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Yes, rain, but so neat and tidy. Look at the progress you have made in just a few years. It doesn’t look like the same place!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      I’ve been going through some old posts changing the navigation structure. It is a shock to see that border with trees and tall rhododendron bushes!

  22. Michelle Chapman March 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    A fabulous, atmospheric shot 🙂 Thanks for taking part Jessica – I hope the weather clears up for you today, we have sunshine as I write this here in Wiltshire, though I’m sure an April-like shower isn’t that far away!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you for organising it Michelle, it’s been fun to see what everyone has come up with!

  23. ourfrenchoasis March 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Takes me back to my Devon days! Soon it will be Spring, Monty Don says so, so it must be!!!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Who would argue with Monty! It’s like this every year. I’m straining at the bit to get outside and get things done but the weather is slow to catch up.

  24. snowbird March 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Oh, the dratted rain, it’s never stopped since I got home. That hedge is looking good, great shot of the river too.xxx

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      I wish I was back in the tropics. Short sharp showers with sunny bits in between. And always warm!

  25. hb March 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Good photo, great garden. Meantime here the winter rain is essentially over, and we mourn. Rain is the price of green.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      At least better off than last year though. Reservoirs and water tanks full, plants reinvigorated and going into the heat sturdy and strong.

  26. Anna March 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Well it’s lovely weather for ducks Jessica and not just those hailing from Devon this weekend 🙂 On the plus side everything will be lapping it up and positively purring after such a relatively dry winter.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      The few plants that I did get in the ground last month are doing well, touch wood, shooting away nicely. So at least they are happy!

  27. Lisa Greenbow March 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Ducky weather. I can imagine how green and growing everything will be when it warms up.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Lisa and welcome!
      There are already plenty of green shoots starting to appear, almost every day I go out something has changed. It may be cold and wet but it’s still a great time of year.

  28. Grace | eTilth March 6, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Enigmatic photo. I like your off-centered placement and rather bedraggled look. We are expecting our last snow of the year and the wind is quite dynamic tonight, yet it was balmy yesterday and I could clean out the veg plot. Snow is very rare here in Seattle; usually we just get 40 inches rain annually.

    • Jessica March 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      I’d heard Seattle referred to as the rainy city. But that’s a lot of rain. Keep warm in the snow.

  29. Cathy March 6, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply


    • Jessica March 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      The rain is headed north east… 😉

  30. pollymacleod March 6, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Very atmospheric. It may be wet but it looks very neat and tidy, my garden is a mess 🙁

    • Jessica March 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      The photograph is very carefully cropped! It’s so frustrating. There’s so much to do but the soil is waterlogged. Standing on it does more harm than good.

  31. emilymbrown13 March 7, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Rains even more in Cornwall! I could go off this sub-tropical thing.

    • Jessica March 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      We came down here for the milder temperatures but I’d never really thought about the rain. It’s these dreadful mizzly days that get me down so much. They seem to go on forever sometimes. Like now! The grocery delivery man told me today there are only two days for the rest of the month with a rain probability less than 20%. I do hope he’s wrong..

  32. offtheedgegardening March 8, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Rain! It is really really really getting on my nerves now. It is comforting to know that I am not suffering alone x

    • Jessica March 8, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      It just goes on and on. The ground is waterlogged. Put a welly down anywhere and it leaves a foot shaped hole full of water.

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