No need to disturb plants to find things to do though; inanimate objects can be remarkably animate sometimes, especially when there is a strong wind in almost the opposite direction to the prevailing wind (South East here). There was a temporary construction, a prototype, held together with garden string, and the string broke. Re-erecting it, no damage done but a broken piece of string, I tied off each end, not just the centre, with thin rope.
As I looked at the bowline that I had tied I remembered the sailor who said “A loop and three half hitches will hold The Queen Mary if the rope is strong enough”, whilst watching me put a couple of extra turns on, to be sure to be sure.
It is instructive in many ways; use the right materials in sufficiency for the desired result; the simple may control the immense; don’t waste time and effort creating a tangle to undo. It has stayed with me for over fifty years. The sailor who said it would be about a century old by now. He served as an apprenticeship as a 16 year old on a brigantine bringing coal from Germany and had sailed “Everything from a three masted schooner to a square rigged, double ended, catamaran” as he once told me, but that is another story.
One of the advantages of leaving things be; the rudbeckia died back and dried out after flowering, and earlier a charm of gold finches was hunting through the seed heads. Think, if I had tidied everything up in Autumn; the finches might have starved, the plants might have died from frosted roots, and I couldn’t have used that collective noun.