60 centimetres of rain in 12 hours last night - the garden is sodden to a depth of many metres now, after this extraordinarily wet summer in an already high water table area. But as with everything else in the garden and in nature at large, it is wiser to learn to live and work with it than try to battle against it. So there are water butts stationed all over the garden and how much more plants like to be watered with rainwater than the alternative hard, chalky liquid that pours out of our taps (and clogs up the piping!) - the 'good stuff' just needs a change of perspective, looking at things a different way...taking another point of view.
There have also been little thrills outside - especially when I discovered today that my first experimental root cuttings ever have 'taken' - look what the one inch pieces of Japanese Anemone roots have started sending up! These will be more Plants for Free come next summer - and we all know how much any gardener loves those :-)
Unwelcome chore of the next few weeks will be raking up and collecting all the falling leaves, which are making an ever thicker carpet on the grass - particularly beneath the old apple tree -
Looking on the gloomy side, collecting leaves is a backbreaking chore - but from a different perspective...oh, all that lovely leafmold! Just pile it up and leave for a year. (I'll show you where I store it tomorrow...)
And talking of leaves...this time of the year really does have something special to offer; the pond may be overflowing and full of weeds (a job for next Springtime), but look at this Acer - a fountain of flame - pouring into it...
Outside my window, a destructive river past my gate....
Inside the gate - this Sumach 'Burning Bush'!
Often, all it takes is a slightly different perspective to see a more tolerable view of the world, and though I sometimes have to look very hard, it is usually there if I keep looking long enough.