Saving Grace

| 12/1/2008 3:19:37 PM

Tags: tree, yard,

Fifteen over-grown Bridal Veil spirea form a hedge at the top of our ravine, running alongside the sidewalk. I didn’t plant it – it came with the house and the six maples, one huge smokebush, a Seven Sisters rambling rose, and three straggly lilacs. That was it as far as the landscaping went on this town lot of nearly an acre – all of it planted decades and decades ago before anyone left of the old neighbors can remember.

Spirea hedge

I dislike the hedge. It’s overgrown. Most of it doesn’t get enough sun and as a result is as straggly as the lilacs which I removed because they never bloomed in the shade of a maple. In addition, it’s a Japanese Beetle magnet; in July a moving cloud of iridescence rises from it as the insatiable plant-hungry beetles emerge from the ground. I'd rip the whole thing out if it weren't keeping the sidewalk from falling down the short, but steep bank, and into the ravine. That, and for one or two weeks in late spring it redeems itself with cascading branches of white, arching over the bank like waves about to crash onto the garden below.

In a classic case of Be Careful What You Wish For, I returned home from work one day to find a large portion of the hedge buried under a pile of dirt. I knew the dirt was coming; I just didn’t think it’d be dumped on top of the spirea…..which is across the yard from where I needed it.

Where is my hedge?

And why and where we needed the soil is a story unto itself, and has to do with a very special maple.

Cindy Murphy
12/12/2008 9:47:08 AM

Hi, Lori. You've probably never heard of using wood glue prior to this, because most likely nobody's ever thought it would work! I mean who would possibly come up with such a far-out idea? So yes, there is a tiny bit of a "I told you so" from Keith, but it's mostly a "remember the maple" when he comes up with other schemes that seemingly seem out of the realm of possibilites. It makes the both of us laugh.... ...unlike the soil dumped on the shrubs, which yes, made me more than a little bit peeved. But you'll see from the continuation of the story, (once I get around to writing it), that there was really no other way. And THAT'S where the "I told you so" part comes in.

12/12/2008 8:53:31 AM

Hi Cindy! I'm afraid I would have been more than a little peeved about where the delivery guys chose to dump your soil! The tree story is amazing! Does you hubby ever say " I told you so!"? I've heard of the use of rods to bolt a tree back together, but this is the first time I have ever heard of wood glue!!!

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