It seems to me…
It is summer and that means it is time to escape from the confines of our home after what this winter seemed exceptionally wet and confining. Along with freedom to spend more time outdoors is the necessity of “yard work” which remained neglected since last fall.
My wife, Barb, & I have been fortunate to have owned several brand-new homes. Of these, some had absolutely no landscaping; others came with a varying – usually minimal – amount of lawn and shrubs in front of the house. Anything beyond what the builder chose to provide was left to the buyer.
I’m definitely not an artist but tend to view these blank yards as a style categorized as “landscaping by bulldozer”. As such, they are an empty canvass just waiting to be painted. In my mind, I see some completed project. Only once has that canvass been completed almost exactly the way I imagined – usually the reality of two differing perspectives tends to limit what actually can be done.
And while I tend to see the final result prior to starting, I’ve come to accept that Barb, who definitely has exceptional artistic talent, does not necessarily share a similar approach to landscaping. Regardless of how I try to describe what I see, we generally differ in what eventually actually is done. Being a fairly typical male, my response to this disagreement usually is a somewhat reluctant “Yes, dear…”.
Barb never would begin a painting without some initial completed result in mind but the closest I can describe her preferred approach to landscaping would be “If it lives, move it”.
Plants are moved repeatedly. Planter boxes after several years of soil conditioning are moved to another area of the yard. Even twenty-foot tall trees are not safe from relocation. Beautiful plants are torn out and discarded.
While I prefer some final result safe from all but periodic maintenance, Barb considers the yard an extension of the home interior and, therefore, as always a work in progress never to be completed. “Let’s try this. If we don’t like it, we always can change it…”
Oh well, time to get busy. There is another tree out there that already has survived a couple of moves but might look better on the other side of the yard.
That’s what I think, what about you?