In case I forget for a mere nanosecond, my two daughters will quickly remind me that my plaid shorts are a bad choice.
When Adam Lambert comes on the car radio, the channel is quickly switched. Facebook sure, MySpace, not so much. What was in favor yesterday might be frowned upon or unacceptable today. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with the changes.
Gardening and landscape design is much about fashion and trends, overlaid by what is socially acceptable. Colors evolve from "hot" to "not" in a matter of a couple of years. Pottery styles are always evolving. Product brands come and go faster than a pot of blooming tulips. Of course, our gardens also reflect a certain level of what is accepted within our community.
Unlike the colors of flowers and finishes of pottery, some garden traditions and practices are not fashion driven, they're a result of different influences. Change is difficult for some people. A few will resist, ignoring or misinterpreting what is happening around them. Nonetheless, some activities and traditions in our gardens are well past their time.