|Honeysuckle shrub has to go!|
Take this huge Honeysuckle shrub which I never planted here, for instance...please! It would have saved me a lot of trouble if you had. I told Tom--big mistake-- that I wanted to get rid of it and he nixed that idea straight away.
"Why would you want to get rid of it? It's really nice," he said.
Well, yes, it is nice, but #1-I have enough of them-- an entire forty foot long hedge is plenty--#2- it's too big--it takes up too much room where it is, room which I need for more desirable plants--and #3- it makes babies everywhere--you don't want to know how many honeysuckle babies I have to yank out every single year!
He said, "No, leave it where it is. I like it there. Besides, it's too much trouble to remove at this point." And that--or so he thought-- was that.
Clandestine gardening take 2:
|Down to nothing|
Tom really doesn't know me very well if he doesn't think I'll go to any lengths to do right by my garden. Saying bye-bye to this menace was doing good. I decided my friend Sandy could use this thing in her sparse landscape, and so that is where it was going whether she likes it or not. Hey, Clandestine gardening takes all forms! But I digress.
I, however, I am not crazy enough nor strong enough to dig the entire thing out and haul it intact to her house--it stands over a Glory high and equally wide and I have no clue what it might weigh, but it's more than I'm willing to try. It would just be too awkward and difficult to move as is. Besides, this is the wrong time of year to transplant most garden plants.
So, I clipped all the branches off and stacked them in my handy garden cart. It's funny how much more it looks when you have to try to fit it all in the tiny garden cart. It took two trips to the compost pile!
|Too much for the little cart|
|Already growing back|
Fear not. Clipping it down to nothing didn't hurt it one bit. Just a week or so later it already re-sprouted. Just can't kill these things. I will wait until the end of summer and cooler weather to dig these babies out and replanting at Sandy's.
So, it's been over two weeks and Tom is none the wiser. Clandestine gardening works for me.