The upside of having a mature wild garden: a beautiful profusion of blooms every day. The downside of having a mature wild garden: sometimes it harbors danger. In this instance, a bumper crop of poison ivy.

The infestation was so bad we had to call in the experts. Men in hazmat suits spent an entire day digging out each plant by the root. Which incidentally means we’ve lost about half of the healthy garden. Oh well; needs must.

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