For the last few weeks I have been enjoying the sight of the buds on the Wisteria ‘Prolific’ growing over the pergola over the terrace getting fatter and bigger.
Imagine by shock, then, on Sunday morning when I went outside and found a number of the beloved buds on the ground.
Even though there was some wind I knew it wasn’t that – who or what then? I’m not sure; at first I thought it must be the birds pecking and breaking off the strong buds, but then I wondered about the locusts – could it be them? Last year the white Wisteria on the east side of the house had very few blooms (I assumed that the northeast wind that blows here had killed the early buds), this year these seem to have been pecked or eaten even more than the usual-coloured ‘prolific’. Maybe last year these were pecked before I even saw the buds.
Now when I go out to look it is with some trepidation about what damage I might find.
The life of a gardener is not an easy one; all the anticipation, which is of course, at least half the pleasure can be ruined by so many things outside our control: heavy rain, no rain, hail stones the size of golf balls, locusts, other pests and now birds that I have welcomed into the garden are repaying my kindness by destroying not just my pleasure but also the anticipation of the blooms to come!
Update 2015.04.15 in reply to a comment but perhaps more useful here. “It was smaller birds pecking at mine and I’m sure it was due to aphids on the buds; the wisteria was quite new when this happened so the plants weren’t so strong. Now I have some damage caused by the carpenter bees that just love the nectar of wisteria but they are so big they damage the flowers when they are inside them. Another cause can be that in early morning there are droplets of water on the flowers that attract the birds.”