Sunday, August 05, 2007

Before and After

Yes, another pretty picture post. I do hope to get back to writing at least an occasional meaty post and exerting the effort of forming, sharing and arguing an opinion - but not tonight. There are a lot of annoying things going on these days, and by the time I get home I tend to like to sit glassy-eyed and drool thoughtlessly into my wine.

So today, after a day at the nursery (coupon in hand), Scott and I headed to the backyard to do some planting (after I cut the grass - DAMN that grass was tall ... ). Then Scott said, "wanna come up front and help me trim the wisteria?"

Now, we love wisteria. It's a vine that has gorgeous, fragrant flowers in the spring, and sometimes blooms again during the summer. We planted some around our front steps a few years back so that it would frame the porch. And it has.

Boy howdy, it has. It's INCREDIBLY fast-growing and tenacious. But it's taken over the front of the house, and needed to be dealt with.

So, at about 6:00 p.m. on a Sunday (the way we always do these kinds of things), we "trimmed" the wisteria. Well, half of it.

BEFORE (from a year ago):


AFTER:


It looks so ... naked. But I'm kind of in a cleaning-up, starting-over mood. We do want to rip out the (neglected) front garden and do over, so this feels kind of good. But, it might be too much at one time.

Who knew gardening could be emotional. I'm such a geek.

8 comments:

Lewis said...

Gardening....emotional?? Definitely. The wisteria looks so much better after its haircut. Although I do like to see it strung completely across a house in bloom.....so pretty and heavy.

scott in iowa said...

Wow! It looks so good! Very nice job!

See you guys on Saturday!

Paul said...

I feel the same way about manscaping: less is more.

Claudia said...

Geeks unite! Well, the difference I guess is: I can't keep a plant alive :( But I like them very much too!

Tom said...

Wow, that was a lot of trimming! I have to agree it does look very nice.

Scooter said...

Can we still tell everyone we live on Wisteria Lane???

Curtis said...

But just like hair, it will grow back!

CondoBlogger said...

Nicely done... Everyone loves wisteria, but like Kudzu it will grow like a monster!