Good bye ugly, ugly photinia hedge!

June 10, 2013

Ok, I’ve had this house for almost two years, so have had almost 730 days, (give or take 300 when I’m not here), to try to come to terms with the photinia hedge around the front. Yup, still hating it!
Actually, it does offer a great deal of privacy from our side neighbours, but the front began to feel…well…unfriendly. Having spent a fortune to buy this house in this city where four bedroom houses in the burbs cost more than ten bedroom mansions in Beverly Hills, link, the only option was to do something about this hedge myself.

Yesterday being Sunday…my day to have a good lie in and rest, and my day to muck about a great deal…was an all out attack on the hedge day.

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It happened like this: Chloe came running into my bedroom first thing in the morning all over-excited to get rid of the hedge. We decided that, since some other neighbours were taking down a black walnut and making a Sunday racket, we might as well get out there and contribute to the weekend warrior din. 🙂

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Here, in this green, green city, we have free yard trimmings collections every Monday, but branches and stems have to be bundled into 3″ lengths and leaves etc have to be either bagged in large paper compostable yard waste bags or placed in garbage bins specially designated for green recycling.

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Morgan, being the wonderful garden helper she is, lay in the shade and approved of our work.

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We cut and bunched up and tied with biodegradable string and did this over and over ad infinitum much to the happiness of my neighbours who all stopped by to offer us a beer, a hand and say how much they love seeing my house.

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I gave the camera to C and asked her to take some photos so all these photos are thanks to our lovely girl, and no thanks to this photo she called “attack of the feral snapdragons”. Don’t you hate bum shots? Oy vey! No, I have no idea what I was doing just then…lol. 🙂

A traditional time for tea on this hectic Tuesday
Just back from three glorious days at the cabin

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sara v June 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Excellent idea to get rid of the hedge and lucky you that you have offspring (and felines) that actually help with gardening!! My sons run the other direction when they see the hedge-trimmers appear. (though they have spent years in involuntary servitude, even cleaning up hurricane debris…) 😉 Congratulations on a more open approach to the street!

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Sara, it’s great when children are brought up up to believe that they “get” to wash the dishes and “get” to do some gardening, and by the time they figure out there’s a big difference between “getting to” and “doing work” it’s too late! Mwahahahaha…:)

  • Reply vastlycurious.com June 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Morgan is beautiful! Great gardening!

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      She is such a chocolate box cat Kathryn that it isn’t even funny! 🙂

      • Reply vastlycurious.com June 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        She’s a beauty and clearly comfortable in her own skin
        =^.^=

        • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

          Lol, love the kitty! That’s great Kathryn. 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein June 12, 2013 at 5:04 am

    what a lot of work .. makes me glad to live in the city near a park where i can indulge in pretending to live in the country w/o all the work 😉

    • Reply Veronica June 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Ugh, I know Daryl! Right, now I can’t decide between the organic farm or a condo for my next life! 🙂

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