"Word for Wednesday" is a biweekly meme hosted by Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk . Donna proposes a word for participants to express in some way in photographs of things in our gardens. Most of the words are concepts with multiple related definitions that can be interpreted and expressed in many widely disparate ways. Evolution is no exception.
As someone fluent in Mendelian inheritance, I am intimately familiar with the concept as it applies to biology. From a strictly biologic perspective, the metamorphosis experienced by Monarchs and other butterflies and moths, the pollination (and cross-pollination) of flowers to produce seeds, and the development of hybrid cultivars all demonstrate different aspects of evolution.
Masonic Center Garden.
I pondered how best to portray the evolution our garden is undergoing. For those who attribute evolution to the effects of Mother Nature, she has certainly been the impetus for change here, although not quite in the way that Charles Darwin would have envisioned it. A series of Nor'Easters in February - March, 2010 and this summer's Hurricane Irene that have had a huge impact on our garden beds that will affect what we are able to grow in each bed for years to come.
One of the 2010 Nor'easters brought severe flooding and sustained winds at 90 mph that toppled this pine and another similarly sized pine which stood on the opposite side of the yard.
Likewise, several beds on the north side of the yard were in deep shade from willows growing on the neighbor's property.
Hurricane Irene destroyed this tree and several others were also diseased, so the property opwners had all of the trees removed, a decision we completely support even though our deep shade gardens are now in full sun for much of the day.
|This view was completely shielded by the two large willows shown in the photo immediately above this one.|
As luck would have it, we have been blessed with three tuliptrees that recently sprouted on our property (we'll be posting about them soon!). In the spring, two of them will be moved to the side yard near where the willows were removed. In a few years, we hope that some of the privacy and shade that we lost will be restored. Until that happens, some of the shade gardens are now going to be in bright sun for the foreseeable future, so it will be interesting to see how the plants in the shade beds will fare next summer.
As for our full shade foliage garden, it is still going to be in partial shade, but our plan for that bed is currently evolving. It will remain a dedicated foliage garden, but our plant choices will have to be modified to fit with the changing landscape and lightscape.
Evolution.... we have chosen to embrace the changes taking place in and around our garden. In the spring, we will rebuild several of our beds as we move trees and perennials to parts of the yard that best suit their needs.