Every gardener experiences loss. In fact some gardeners experience more loss than others but eventually no matter what kind of gardener you are (experienced or not) you will lose a plant. Sometimes the plant fades away and you don’t even notice it disappeared until later when you think “Didn’t I have a [insert whatever plant name you like] here?” Often you will forget about it over the winter and in the spring they just don’t come back and then sometimes they fade so fast that they leave a gaping hole in the garden. Prepare yourself, if you’ve never lost a plant either you’re blessed, lucky, or you raise plastic plants!
Recently one of my ‘Husker’s Red’ Penstemons took a turn for the worse. It tanked. It was all very sudden. I don’t think it felt any pain but its loss will be felt in the Japanese maple garden. So what caused my penstemon’s sudden spontaneous decline? I suspect the culprit is a fungus caused by all the rain we had. The crown of the roots where the stems emerge from appears to have rotted away. I have two thoughts now. One, the garden is too wet for drought tolerant plants; and two I had better move my other Penstemon before it goes the way of the proverbial dinosaur!
Recently I was able to find more ‘Husker’s Red’ Penstemon on sale for less than $3 a plant. I picked up two and planted them this weekend in a new location. So tell me, what plants have died in your garden lately? And how are you coping with your loss?