DO YOU REMEMBER THIS line? It was made famous (or infamous) by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies. I shamelessly admit that it is used with regular frequency around our house. Especially by my husband and me. This past weekend, I uttered it under my breath more times than I can recall. I'll tell you why in a minute. But first, fall colors!
|Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'|
I really, really love this lacy Japanese Maple. Liberated from its pot, it is happily rewarding us here in the loamy soil of our revamped patio bed.
One more little show-off, if I may before we get to the serious stuff. We had some work done on our Sweet Gum trees in the front yard. There are lots of stumps to contend with. When I laid eyes on this one, I knew it was a keeper.
Check it out now!
Okay, time to get down to business.
A few years ago, my neighbors planted bamboo. Running bamboo!
|Isn't it pretty, with an evening sky behind it?|
|It grows (or should I say runs) on the other side of the fence.|
But because running bamboo doesn't know the first thing about neighborly etiquette,
it found its way to my garden.
No surprise really. I should have known. I should have been out there
digging a trench, putting down a barrier the moment
my neighbor planted it. But no.
|Here is the largest of the interlopers, a four-foot long monstrosity!|
There were several shorter ones that had slithered in unbeknownst to me.
I'm getting way too old for this shit!
|The barrier is down and I filled the gaps with some of the leftover gravel from|
the patio paving project.
|I've got one more section of fence, (to the left of the photo) to tackle this weekend.|
|My biggest fear despite hours of digging and sweating and cussing|
is that I didn't dig deep enough. That somehow those evil monsters will find a way to
breach their barrier and take my garden hostage.
|So henceforth, I'm required to watch this area like a hawk and keep it relatively|
free of plants so if it does invade, I can dig it out without killing any plants.
Of course the banana can stay. Isn't it cool?
So there you have it. My continuing gardening saga. Sometimes that admonition to "Love thy neighbor" is much more difficult than it needs to be. How 'bout you? Are your neighbors treating you well?