As I look around my garden these days, there are definitely places where it's starting to look worn out and ratty.
Also, did you
notice? The leaves of the vines were beginning to turn yellow by the
end of August anyway. They weren't going to last much longer even if
the caterpillars hadn't been eating them.
I worked the phone line for the Master Gardener office, we'd always get
concerned calls at this time of year, "My plant leaves are looking so
sick. What should I spray on them?"
My response then was
the same as it is internally to myself now, "It's the end of summer.
The leaves have been working hard all summer and they are tired and worn
out. It's almost time for them to fall, where they will continue
working to make the garden healthier as they decompose into rich
topsoil. Don't spray anything. This is all just part of the natural
cycle of life. Nothing is wrong at all."
Or, in other
words, it's the time of year to remind ourselves to "tolerate the
uglies" as the seasons begin to change yet again, moving us into the
release of fall and the quiet peace of winter. This, too, shall pass.