So, it rained a bit here recently. A whole lot in fact. So much so, that the rain came all the way through our screened in porch (which is a fair size), right into the house. Oh, and then it hailed. It was definitely exciting, until we looked out the window and saw this:
I like to call this one “The metal structure formerly known as a greenhouse”. It’s an open-air greenhouse now. We had already decided after the winter that the cover that came with our hoop house just isn’t up to an Eastern Ontario winter, but the modifications that we were planning to make have definitely been fast tracked up the to-do list. Fortunately the metal structure is solid, so all is not lost.
After a good few weeks of pretty hot weather, it was a nice change to slip on our boots and see the land differently once again. Over at the pond, things were surprisingly calm and serene.
It’s been a funny old season here and our tomatoes are more than two weeks behind schedule. The past four or five years I’ve always had the first ripe tomato on July 29th; this year, they only started ripening a few days ago. On the upside, our crab-apple and regular apple trees are bearing fruit this year, having loved all the rain we’ve had at different points. It has definitely been a year to reset or challenge expectations, and we were already feeling very flexible in that regard, or so I thought.
One of the nicest successes in the garden this year has been the dwarf sunflowers planted by PetKid; you’ll want to check out his photos, they are awfully good.