July 25, 2008

THE QUEEN IS DEAD


Viburnum plicatum 'mariesii '

My Marie Viburnum has been the Queen of May in my garden for over 20 years. During construction on the pergola she was cut back severely and never recovered from her wounds.
Alas the queen is dead.

I am in mourning for my beautiful Marie whom I dearly loved. I can't think about what I should plant where she once held court. I'll think about that tomorrow.

10 comments:

  1. I have stopped by your beautiful blog several times and enjoyed your pictures. Today I understood your sadness at losing your Marie. I once had a fuschia that my grandmother has struck from a cutting from one of her favourites. It lived with me for many years and even moved house when I did. Then suddenly, for no reason, it died. I still mourn it and the memories of my grandmother that it evoked.

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  2. Dee/reddirtramblingsJuly 26, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    I am so sorry about your queen. It is difficult to lose a plant we've nurtured for so many years. Of all things, I have a very old 'Tropicana' rose which is beautiful every year except this one. Her commanding presence is very unhappy, and she may be coming to an end.~~Dee

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  3. Welcome from Down Under, Em and thanks for your comments.

    It is hard to part with something that's been with you for so long.

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  4. Thanks, Dee. Sorry to hear about your Tropicana Rose not looking so well after so many years of providing beautiful blooms.

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  5. Sorry for the lost of this beloved plant. How about honoring her w/ planting one of her spiritual descendents (same cultivar)? As in "the Queen is Dead." and with the new queen "Long live the Queen".

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  6. Oh Carolyn, I'm so sorry about your Marie. I've got many plants, trees, and shrubs that I would be heartbroken to lose. She really was beautiful.

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  7. Thanks for the suggestion Ahava and for your first visit and comments.

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  8. Hi Kylee,

    And thanks for the condolences. It'll be quite some time before anything can take her place.

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  9. Big hugs, Carolyn. 'Mariesii' is indeed a 'Queen beauty' and hard face to follow so ... why not plant another 'princess'?

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  10. This is sad. It will feel strange planting something in her place. I am sorry to hear of your loss.

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