When I looked out the patio door this morning at the rain gauge, I was shocked to see the floater indicating over four inches of rain fell last night. The rain gauge is located near a downspout and the gutters were overflowing, so I'm not sure how accurate that is. The weather sites have not posted today's precipitation yet, although I think most of it fell before midnight last night. At any rate, it is really soggy out there!
Totally Tomatoes agreed to refund my money for the paste collection. I am still trying to nurse the poor plants back to health. I picked off the dead foliage, so now they look like miniature palm trees. About three-quarters of them have a chance, but there are a few that look hopeless. We'll see.
Ordering plants online is always a gamble. Sometimes they arrive in great shape and do well in the garden, other times I can't believe what comes out of the box. Buying locally usually results in a higher success rate, but not always. At any rate, now that I have gotten my feet wet with starting seeds myself, I plan to do that in the future.
The impatiens are now in the planter on the front porch. The yellow onion sets have been planted in the garden. I also transplanted the pepper plants and one tomato in a bed that is reachable by the dog, so I dug out an old crappy mini-picket fence I have been hanging onto, to protect them. I planted a row of Blue Lake bush beans inside the pea fence because last year the rabbits dined freely on them. I transplanted the leggy basil plants as well, and while I have never had a problem with rabbits eating basil before, they must like that particular variety (Genovese, I believe) because half of them are gone. I am sorely tempted to get an outdoor cat to take care of the rabbit population, but for now I will build me some fences.