One of the most difficult lessons to learn about gardens is that they are not permanent. As Heraclitus says, “all things are flowing.”
The best gardeners I know don’t suffer the attachments to plants that I do. They are much more ruthless. If a tree is in the wrong place it gets cut down. If two plants are too close together, one gets ripped out.
|What Pierce’s disease looks like.|
I’m trying to get the hang of this lack of attachment. This fall I get to rip out a grape vine that has graced our entrance arbor for a few years now. It’s a muscat of Alexandria that produced a few delicious grapes before succumbing to incurable Pierce’s disease. I planted this vine thinking that it was a resistant variety. It’s not. The leaves, drying from the outside and the stems with alternating dark brown patches are telltale signs of Pierce’s. It’s gotta go and I’ve already ordered a climbing rose to replace it.
So radical gardeners, what are you changing out this coming year?