This week’s wordpress ‘Craft of Writing‘ talks about suspense and how to create it. Most people do it with words in a story, but our gardens have a very individual way of creating suspense. They do it with their own unique unpredictability. Even plants that seem to be totally reliable sometimes have bad years, or get attacked by disease or predators, so we never really know until the summer how our gardens are going to look from one year to the next. The variable weather also plays quite a part in how well our gardens will do: did the frost last too many days in a run, did I protect my delicate plants sufficiently, did it rain just a bit too much for those plants that like it dry, were there enough insects around to pollinate our fruit trees?
So at this time of the year we can walk around our gardens and all we can glean from them is a whole load of questions, building up the suspense.
Is this Persicaria as dead as it looks?
Or this one? Did I move it too late?
Was I a bit silly planting believing the label and planting a Pennisetum in Aberdeen?
Should I have taken more care to cover this Ceratostigma before the frosts hit. (I think I know the answer to this one!)
Will my lilac tree flower this year?
Last year it was amazing, but some years it doesn’t flower at all. I don’t know if this is every other year or more random. I am about to find out.
Do you think these new buds contain flowers?
Will my Nandinia leaves ever turn red?
Is the Dicentra spectabalis ‘Alba’, a present from Angie, alive under the moss?
Will my Iris ‘Gerald Darby’ actually have flowers this year?
It has produced lovely foliage for the last couple of years but so far no flowers. Maybe I am doing something wrong? At least it looks alive – see the new shoots amongst the dead leaves.
Will my bee hotel attract any solitary bees?
Last year a lone wasp took a look but that was about it.
Will my 2 year old Clematis ‘Armandii’ surprise me with flowers for the first time?
It looks healthy enough – I wander what these fat buds hold.
Will my rearranged ‘romantic’ border ever live up to its name?
Will my little plum tree make it though this rather cold winter and produce even half as many plums as last year?
It is hard to wait to find out the answers to these questions and more, but there is nothing else for it, wait we must. Meanwhile we can savour the anticipation that nature provides us with every year – no words required. I love it.
Is there anything special in your garden that has you waiting in suspense?