The sun coaxed open more than a few flowers, including a lovely clump of Iris reticulata 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'. Once I saw those blue blooms in the back garden near the grape arbor, it was an easy decision to make. I needed no one to persuade me to take a few pictures of them.
Click, click, click. I'll add this year's picture to the pictures I've taken of these irises every year since I planted them, maybe five or six years ago.
Looking up from those irises, I saw the grape arbor and remembered that last fall I noticed one of the posts holding up the wires that support the grapevine was leaning.
Now that same post is flat on the ground.
Now I need to decide if I should get a new post and fix the grape arbor or tear out the grape vines.
Once I decide which way to go, I'll have to make a second decision on whether I want to do it myself or hire someone to do it for me. Either way, there is a bit of work involved. Wouldn't my time be better spent wandering about the garden taking pictures of early spring blooms?
Blooms like these winter aconites?
I'm still thinking about the grapevine. Cut or keep? If I cut it out, what will I plant in its place? I've already made that decision. Honeyberries. That's what I would plant.
Unlike the grapevine, honeyberries won't need an annual cutting back in early spring. And they won't need support so there won't be any more rotting posts falling over in the garden.
Like the grapevine, they'll produce a fruit I can eat, if I choose to do so.
It's been years since I chose to eat any of the grapes, which are 'Concord' grapes, best made into a jelly or jam, with a lot of sugar to make them edible at all. The honeyberries won't need as much sugar to make them edible.
I think I've just decided. Time to get out my reciprocating saw.