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Landscaping Epiphany

It  finally dawned on me (I'm slow sometimes):

If a shrub is scraggly, isn't doing well, is in a bad place, and (most importantly!) I DON'T LIKE IT, I don't have to keep it just because it's established.

Why yes, I DID cut down the two boxwoods on the east side of the house while I was home unsupervised this afternoon.  Why do you ask?  :-)



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May. 3rd, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the flowering something-or-other I pulled out a couple of years back. When it's taller than I am, short fat women shouldn't be able to just yank it out.

Now if only the boxwood stumps would come out like that...
May. 2nd, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm famous for yanking out thriving plants that other people think are gorgeous. If I don't like it, it goes. (I'll dig it out carefully if anyone has a use for it, but if not, it just gets yanked.)
May. 3rd, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
It seems to get easier with practice. I had terrible guilt on and off for a couple of years about the cyprus that was next to the deck that I cut down, despite loving how it looks without it. In fairness, I did wait until the cardinals rejected it as a nesting site, and if they'd stayed I would have waited until the chicks were fledged. It took three years for me to work myself up to cutting down the quince, despite the fact that it never bloomed and I would spend nine months out of the year swearing about how it was planted in the stupidest possible place, and I have the occasional feelings of guilt.

I don't think I'm going to feel guilty at all about the boxwoods. They weren't doing well, they were ugly, and they were really, really hard to rake around. Added to that, once they were gone I realized that if I remove the edging rocks we'll have enough room to get a vehicle into the back yard. I can't imagine why we might want to, but now we can if that ever comes up.

I DO like my mountain laurels, but a bunch of them don't seem well. I need to find someone who can help me figure out what they need.
May. 4th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
mountain laurels
don't forget - they are our state flower.
May. 4th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: mountain laurels
Why do you think I wanted them? :-) We've got tons of them, but most of them seem to have some sort of leaf spot. I've got a line on a nursery in the state that specialized in mountain laurel, so hopefully they can help me out.

They're gorgeous when they're all in bloom.
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