Rain

How it has rained.

For days now we’ve been wet. Galoshes leave mud and bits of leaves in entryways. Streams and rivers escape their banks, and make new paths along sidewalks and streets. Umbrellas dot the streets. We drink tea hot, not iced – unusual for July.

And plants grow, grow, grow, spilling over the tops of fences, curling around each other, becoming so heavy they tip. Vines, flowers, grasses, vegetables, fruits – they drink it all up and burst outward like a green army.

Two zucchinis surprised me this morning, already 3-4 inches long!

Two zucchinis surprised me this morning, already 3-4 inches long!

Containers of annuals I planted recently are loving the steady rain.

Containers of annuals I planted recently are loving the steady rain.

Early lettuce grows back from roots, now unhindered by rabbit nibbles.

Early lettuce grows back from roots, now unhindered by rabbit nibbles.

Soon, very soon...

Soon, very soon…

Soon, the water could be too much for them. Beating them down. Leaving them craving, yearning for sun to strike their leaves and complete the sugars inside their cells. Getting their “feet wet” in puddles. The climbing vines, the poison ivy will be fine, but the vegetables will be more prone to disease and rot.

Grushovka tomatoes are abundant, but the plants are slumping and some leaves show signs of too much rain.

Grushovka tomatoes are abundant, but the plants are slumping and some leaves show signs of too much rain.

Slumping tomatoes

Tomato cages are falling down on the job…what else to do?

Will it stop? It’s hard to know. But I, for one, am long since ready to dry out a bit.

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