Sometimes I only notice the things going wrong in the garden. Despite having a work free day and it being a glorious, sunny morning, I've woken in a bit of a snip! My lemongrass went brown almost as soon as it was planted months ago and it hasn't bothered me too much - until this morning. And that's because I noticed the coriander seedlings had disappeared overnight and all that was left was the silver of a snail trail. And my attention turned immediately to the nearby passionfruit vines that have been languishing for weeks. I don't know what's going wrong with them. Clearly something has been having a good old munch. One vine has completely yellowed and the leaves are all dead. There is still green in the stems but I don't hold out much hope. I've been nurturing these vines for two years and I am so disappointed. I gave them a good feed of seasol a couple of weeks ago but it hasn't helped. I just hope I don't lose the other two vines which are also looking unwell.
I gave the veggies a good water and fortunately was distracted from the garden failures by the wisteria which is currently a mass of gorgeous blue and lilac and white flowers. A month or so ago I was stressing out about the wisteria and the damage it was causing the back fence. Wielding a saw I came storming into the house and warned Monkey Man that it was the wisteria or the fence - something had to go. (Must've woken in a snip that morning too!) Monkey Man persuaded me to leave it be and that he was keeping it under control. His idea of control is to snip a twig that dangles too close to the compost every now and then. Anyway, I took a few deep breaths and tried not to worry about it. Today it is looking magnificent and if I just admire the beauty of the flowers I am less distracted by the problems beneath. I can barely see the poor, struggling fence wobbling under the weight of wisteria with nails popping from the vines that have been worming their way through the palings and are growing fatter by the minute.