Image: Haze turning to rain over the back fields.
The Dog Days of Summer are now in full blowsy, August abandon. Everything wilts, including me. This is a hard time of year for a natural gardener. Sooty mold, blackspot, powdery mildew, slugs... oh, all the unwanted things that love the heat and humidity, are coming on. Hot and sweaty, it's hard to care - but I know we do. All of us summer gardeners who have worked so hard and brought our gardens to the edge of seasonal perfection, large and full of harvest promise, we sweat, drag hoses and pull weeds.... to the point of being overcome by the heat and humidity. Things start to slide. Everything looks a bit "has been".... summer annuals, vegetable and floral, are starting to fade, to fall over, to look like they need a rest.
Come to think of it, I look exactly the same way.