It’s gotten harder, and I know why: 53. That’s why. I don’t like to talk about it, because there’s a certainty that will come and then it’ll be over. Most of us don’t know when it’ll happen, but it will. Do you think it’s morbid to talk about dying? We see it in the garden all the time, but out of the garden we don’t like to talk about it.
It’s happening here and now with a viburnum. I didn’t notice until it was too late to do anything about it. (Which is probably how I’ll go.) The culprit: Viburnum Leaf Beetle. They overwintered as eggs on the twigs of my plant and I had no clue. The larvae in the photo are feasting on one of the leaves. Early spring gardening which at times seems so hectic, kept me from noticing the lack of foliage on the bottom half of the viburnum. Over the next three days it was completely defoliated and skeletonized.