You see, Tom has a hard time with change. It makes no sense, but there ya go. He should know the one constant in gardening is the constant change which occurs within it--if things go according to nature's plan which they mostly do regardless what we want.
You will recall my telling you how I wished to coppice my French Pussy Willow because it grew too big and how Tom nixed that idea. Now, clandestine gardening might have come into play there...of course, would it really have been sly, covert-like, surreptitious, not out in the open if he came home after work to find a thirty foot tree nearly entirely gone--cut down to the quick as they say-- from the side yard? That he might notice and there goes the clandestine part of this operation.
So, the trick to clandestine gardening is to do this in such a way that it won't be noticed-at least not straight away. I'll show you later on what clandestine gardening looks like.