In a word: FABULOUS
The weather has been maddeningly unsettled and humid and heavy (interspersed with moments of blindingly bright sunshine after all the clouds and humidity you can almost see hanging in the air, interspersed with torrential downpours) and has been contributing to yet more headaches and a general feeling of malaise and lack of energy, AND because it's been so wet I can't work in the garden much for fear of spreading fungal diseases, BUT every time I do manage to trudge out to the garden between typhoons and lift my head against the glare, my spirits are lifted, however briefly, by the almost unbelievable sight of how well everything is doing in spite of the crap weather.
Knock on wood.
I have seen only one seemingly confused cucumber beetle on my cucumber plants. They are wily buggers. When you go near them, they have a "play dead" mechanism that kicks in, and they fall to the ground and are then next to impossible to find. So the first day I saw it, it got away from me. But the next day, I went up and saw it again, and this time I caught it and KILLED it. Ahhhh, that feels good. And I have not seen another. This in itself is like a miracle to me. And I have never before had cucumber plants that look this great:
I know I'm not out of the woods on that yet, and especially since my garden is so intensively planted and the weather has -- I repeat -- been such CRAP, it could still happen. But I'm presently basking in the glow of my gorgeous cucumber leaves. I do not know why they have not blossomed yet, but there are several little embryonic cukes on the vines, waiting to bloom and be fertilized.
In other words, the marigolds and nasturtiums seem to have done the trick and are worth their weight in gold, and even with all the wet and the humidity, there are no bugs or caterpillars or slugs. It's the same story with the zucchini and the summer squash and the cabbages and the broccoli. Fingers crossed that it continues on this way, and that I won't be cut down by fungus. Argh.
AND, we've got broccoli!