There is good change and there is “bad” change. Either way, change usually requires a bit of an effort, for one must change how they think as well. Changing the how of our thinking can be more difficult than actually making a change.

Intentional Change

One would think we gardeners would be the worlds’ best at change. After all, we seek to change our gardens almost daily. We intentionally set out to change our gardens and our view. We are always adding, taking away, nipping and tucking, digging and transplanting.

Unintentional Change

Then there is nature and the changes it brings to our gardens without our prior approval. Plants die from lack of rain, or too much rain. It can be too hot or too cold. A beautiful plant and much-desired plant turns into a thug and strangles its lovely little neighbor. These are the changes that are “bad” for they destroy our illusion of control, forcing us react to change.

Change Comes Calling

Change came calling to my gardens this year as it does to all gardens. But, when it happens to me and mine it feels different.

Dying Tree

A native species clematis

Being a shade gardener, when a shrub or tree dies, it is a threat to the very nature of the way I garden. This year I had one of three dogwoods I transplanted 20 years ago die after leafing out. It provided a canopy for perennials and shrubs as well as a major focal point. The shade is sorely missed.

But, I am trying to see it as an opportunity. I have transplanted 2 clematis to scramble up into the dead limbs, adding bloom and foliage. Now that I do not have to be concerned with its root system, more perennials can find a home along a path. Space opened up for a new shrub. I wanted some new space to work in Primula, Heuchera and ferns.

Fall Blooming Anemone

For some years my Fall Blooming Anemone in 4 different locations have had the foliage completely stripped by blister beetles. I have sprayed in the past, but gave up for they just keep on coming back. The plants do go on to bloom, but lacking leaves. New foliage does form just in time to get hit by fall frosts. I am giving up on them, digging them out and replacing with blooming shrubs. Another opportunity to do research and visit garden centers.

Limb fell in yard

In the last storm wind and rain caused a large limb to fall on the lawn. Close inspection showed the limb was hollow and had several holes made by birds. Saved me the trouble of climbing the tree and cutting out the limb. Turns out it was a piece of a puzzle. The piece that fit perfectly along the edge of a path lined by flat stones where rains were washing soil where I walked. I dug a shallow trench and dropped the limb in among existing perennials and ferns. The picture will be complete when I add remaining new plants to the vignette.

Suppose there is a message in all this. If I could accept and adapt to change in my life, as well as I do in my garden, there certainly would be more tranquility