J.D. Salinger’s words resonate this AM. “Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” Funny, sometimes we see our gardens in this same light. We get them to a perfected place. We fight the nature odds, hoping that everything, including the structure plantings that anchor a garden just won’t change.
Yes, it was our own Saturday saga of an heirloom apple tree left on its own with no chemical sprays. It was an original (at least a hundred years old) but it truly was on its last legs. Riddled with disease, insect issues and devastating winter storms - all the pruning and TLC in the world could not save this quirky old tree. It was the true anchor to our shade garden yet it held such sentimental value even if its fruit was abysmal and clearly inedible except to our Border collie, Cokie.
So when something structural and important suddenly becomes a missing piece, well, note to be made. That shade garden is going to be a busy place this spring. Too many specialty shade plants in that area not to recreate and redesign the space.
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