Now you're probably thinking that my photos make the garden look lovely, and that I must be exaggerating. Trust me, I am not. It's a jungle out there!
And when you have a jungle, diseases and insects run rampant. In these photos, you're looking at the survivors. There have been many casualties, especially the vegetables. I'll always be an organic gardener, but I have to admit that I'm getting a bit frustrated with it. I swear every possible insect and disease finds its way into my garden.
I'll take time over the winter to strategize a better way to garden. I need some change out there, otherwise I'm just going to give way to my frustration. I've already decided to try new varieties of vegetables, instead of using the same type every year as we've been doing.
I also need to rein in my tendency to cram every square inch of my garden with plants. I think it's this very crowding that's making the problems spread like wildfire. Luckily the insect and disease damage isn't usually noticeable from a distance. I hide it well.
And don't get me started on the poison ivy! For most of my life, I was immune from the stuff. I've even called myself The Poison Ivy Whisperer. But I guess my luck ran out. I just keep getting it on my arms, and half the time, I don't even know where it came from. It has changed me as a gardener. I no longer stride confidently through my garden beds. Now I might stand back reluctantly instead. I'm hoping that the offending vines will show themselves once frost hits. I'll have to remove them, but I'll be prepared for battle. There's no other way.
September has been full summer weather this year. Today is the last day of the month, and it was in the 90's! But by the end of the week, autumn will arrive with cool weather. It's time. Besides, without cool weather, how will I enjoy the fall color show? I'm ready to let go of summer weather. I'm never happy to lose flowers to frost, but it's always good to have a winter rest. I'm excited to think my next post for October should have some fall colors to share. I can't wait! But here are a few closing sunsets in the meantime.