I spend a fair bit of time obsessing over the things that go wrong in the garden: not enough rain, too much rain, mildews and fungi, pests in various guises. The truth is, though, that on balance we reap a whole lot more than lose. The above cornucopia was picked up after a quick trawl through the garden yesterday. And there is more to pick up there. And our vegie garden is only operating at about 50% capacity this year, because I've been suffering from a bout of tennis elbow which makes it difficult to dig.
Not only that but I've got three rockmelon vines that I didn't even plant going full pelt, and the tomato bush that lives in my front steps (yes, in the steps) has yielded a couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes every day for the last few weeks.
To me, gardening is a paradox. It needs regular attention to get the best results, but sometimes this is not enough. Meanwhile, mother nature does her own thing in another part of the garden and does quite well without you, thank you very much. It does my head in..but in a good way!