Tribulations- A cause of great trouble or suffering.
Right now that about sums things up.
Rain- the passed week we had rain every day, from light mists to torrential downpours. This has caused great troubles in the garden. I've seen slugs that remind me of Jabba the Hut. My gorgeous heads of 'Lingue de Canarino' lettuce are ruined, most other lettuce has damaged outer leaves, even the cabbage has damage to the outer leaves.
The torrential rains combined with wind have snapped the supports for the peas causing them to flop all over. The snow peas being shorter are still standing upright.
Then there are the bearded iris. I have two clumps of an ancient blue bi-tone that I rescued a few years ago from 20+ years in the dense shade under a lilac. They have grown into huge clumps with amazing branching. As soon as the torrential rains started they started to flop all over.
Then there are all the seedlings that should have been in the ground weeks ago, but it has been too soggy. The tomato seedlings on the deck have what looks to be early blight, the peppers are loosing their leaves and the petunias are getting very root bound.
Even with all the above, I feel very lucky. I think of all of those who lost everything to the flooding in the mid-west and south and think that theses aren't really tribulations at all.