Earlier in the week, Toronto was flooded for the second time this season. We needed the rain, just not that much all at once!
My garden is a mess. Vines that weren’t properly secured are flopped over. Everything is soaked, soggy, and drooped. Even the mulch had shifted so much that it had left a wave pattern. Davin helped last night by raking the mulch back into position and cutting out excess squash leaves to create better airflow. I’m very allergic to prickly cucurbit leaves and can only work among the dense late-summer foliage if I am wearing long sleeves and gloves.
To be honest, a lot of the damage is not about the rain, but the result of my own neglect. Many plants had become overgrown as I’ve been devoting every spare hour over the last two weeks to preserving and canning. While I have been feverishly harvesting from the garden (and beyond), very little effort has gone into general garden maintenance.
Today I’ll be getting out there with clippers and a lot of string so that I can begin to get the garden back in shape for the fall. I couldn’t bring myself to photograph the mess, so instead I give you, the fruits of my efforts over these last weeks. I’m focussing on the good stuff: joyful, ecstatic, slightly insane ABUNDANCE.