I came back last Wednesday from a wonderful family trip to Iceland, with a short stop in Toronto to visit my in-laws. Iceland is an amazing contrast of perfectly developed towns and tourist attractions, against untouched landscapes of vast fields, roaring cataracts and steaming springs. I was very surprised when I realized that those Icelandic landscapes evoked memories of Mexico! I will have to devote a post or two to explain that, once I get some good photos organized. Anyway, back home, after we brought our luggage inside and checked the house, I headed to the backyard to assess my garden’s situation. Again, I felt transported to a different world, and a different timeline, in which I had been away for more than just ten days. I thought of that passage in the “Chronicles of Narnia”, when the Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) go back to their castle in Cair Paravel (the lesser court) after a one-year absence, but centuries have passed by in Narnia: everything was overgrown and different. That is exactly what happened in my garden, as illustrated above and in the following “before” (May 29-June 2) and “after” (June 13-14) photos:
Before leaving for Iceland, I was wondering if the invasive weeds would overwhelm the edible ones, such as purslane. It rained a couple of times while I was away, so all weeds spread and grew. The two photos below (taken yesterday) show two different areas of the garden. On the left, a tomato seedling was overwhelmed by invasive weeds, whereas the photo on the right shows a patch of purslane thriving and keeping clover at bay.
I will have some weeding to do in the next few days, but no plant died. The birds and bugs got some of my berries, but so did I, and more are still ripening. And my family and I had a great vacation, so I guess Mother Nature has been fair, providing something for all plants, animals and gardener alike. As many would say in Iceland: “þetta reddast” (roughly translates to “everything will work out all right in the end.”)