I have three large pine trees in a corner of my backyard. I don’t know the name but they are very tall–but not wide–trees with smooth, almost black bark. A few days ago, we noticed that one of them looked very bad especially compared to the other two. I have no idea why I didn’t notice it before. I *think* that when we turned off the sprinklers to stain the fence that tree, the one closest to the grass sprinklers, got stressed. My friend Darrel examined the new growth in true, master gardener style–and decided that the new growth looked good and that it wasn’t time to worry. So now it’s a matter of being patient and letting the tree recover.
I never cease to be amazed by my successes–and depressed by my failures–in the garden. My hostas flourished last year–but this year I lost two of them. (Admittedly, they are tough plants to keep happy in a dry climate.) My cape honeysuckle returned this year but has barely grown–this is a vine that can grow 30-40 feet in one year. I have a dracena that looked like it was on steroids until a few days ago and now it looks sickly and has dropped half its leaves. Too much water? Not enough? Who knows??
On the other hand, after losing two of my three raspberry plants last year, suddenly I am a raspberry farmer, transplanting 10 plants this year and easily overcoming last year’s losses. I also have two volunteer butterfly bushes in the vegetable garden area that look great. I am calling them my welcome mat for pollinators. My plumeria was naked as a jaybird a few months ago after a spider mite infestation. It dropped ALL of its leaves–today, it’s a happy camper again. I had a dwarf banana that looked like a dry brown stalk in May and today it looks as good as the day I bought it.
So when something goes wrong in the garden, take a few minutes and make a list of all the miracles.