A universal truth about Iowans, and midwesterners in general, is that we're almost always content to discuss the weather. This is, in part, because the weather has a habit of changing every few minutes, and changing to great extremes.
We've been dealing with an extreme amount of rain lately, so much so that it's been causing flash flooding, which has everybody on edge given that we're not too far from the floods two years ago.
Back then, my back yard was just grass, and it looked like this.
This year, I have two large plots filled with fragile small plants, and it looks like this.