Perhaps you’ve read it in the sidebar. In one of the random quotations I quote my friend Chan:
I am instinctively suspicious of any garden writer (or gardener) who is insufficiently fretful.
You don’t worry about your garden if you don’t care about it. And if you do care, you fret. At the beginning of the season, you wonder if your plants made it through. (By the way, White Flower Farm has a good article on late-emerging plants.) Mid-summer, you might be anxious about the effects of drought, or the bugs on your rose bush, or the way the leaves are yellowing on your phlox.
Earlier this spring I was fretting about my Colchicum autumnale. All my other colchicums had foliage up. Did that one bite the dust? It was good that I wondered, because it had come up, but was almost swallowed up by the lawn grass encroaching in the garden bed. I had misremembered its location by six inches, and it is much more petite in leaf and flower than most of my other colchicums. It might have lost the battle with the grass if I hadn’t rescued it.
I’m still fretting about the little Styrax obassia I planted last year. Not only was it marginally hardy, but it was nibbled by a rabbit and tunnelled underneath by either a rodent or water pressure. I think it’s a goner. The stewartia I planted around the same time is doing fine, looks to break into leaf any day now.
You know how a lot of blogs have a space for what they’re currently reading or currently listening to? Sometimes I wonder if I should have a “currently fretting” space. Just to be fair, I’d have to have a “currently delighting in” as well. Some gardening blogs have a “currently blooming,” I always appreciate that when I find it. At the height of the season I’m sure it’s difficult to keep it, uh, current.
So what are you currently fretting about in your garden?