The old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it…” Here in the mid-Atlantic region we had one of the driest Aprils on record, and I watched as my soil cracked and shriveled, hoping and praying for rain. Well, now that May has arrived we’ve got drizzle and downpour every day, and I’m planting in sloppy mud and dashing between raindrops to get major field tasks done. But I’m gradually accepting that flower growers and other farmers must always plan that one sure thing about the weather is that it will always be unpredictable. Anyway, I just can’t stop singing that wonderful song, “Singin’ in the Rain,” and I’m doing my best imitation of Gene Kelly with his umbrella, only my umbrella is a shovel. And remembering the wonderful benefit of rain — most of the perennials love it! Check out these lovely peonies gratefully soaking up the moisture.