So, you think that an 80 year old , 4'10" neighbor lady is all innocent and harmless, right? Beware that thought. Just saying... and giving out a warning in case one lives next to you! See, here is the thing. There is approximately 20 feet between our backyard fence line and our neighbor lady's back door. We have a patio along that fence line. I have been planting perennial vines along that fence for a few years now. For privacy. I like my privacy. I like to take a nap on our loveseat swing in the backyard while listening to the water in my little pond splash and roll over the rocks. It's my thing and I don't want anyone interrupting me or watching me while I do it ;-) Between our fence and her back door was (notice the past tense) a 12-15 foot tall, nice, round, pink Honeysuckle bush. So pretty in the spring with it's tiny pink fragrant blossoms. Lovely to look at and lovely to smell...ahhhhh. I wish that I had taken a photo of that bush to prove that this woman HAS to be insane to do what she did, but here is a photo which shows the variety:
Tonight I hear talking, something said about the neighbors, stuff growing, mad, (did I hear the word, MAD??)--this is NOT good. So I casually walk out to the back patio, get 30 feet from the fence line and say, "OH MY GOD!!!" They both look in my direction. "They" being the innocent looking neighbor lady and a Big man with a Big hand held clipper. I throw my hand over my mouth and think, did I just yell that out loud??!!! Obviously, I had. Innocent neighbor lady says, "Oh Linda, you're going to be mad at me." I, for once, am speechless as I stare at three, 15 foot tall bare branches with a few leaves on the top. I finally squeak out, "Well, you might as well cut the whole thing down now." Big man with the clippers says, "Oh, we plan on it." Grrrrrrrr................. I then mumble a smart comment about never giving a man a clippers and send him out into the yard alone, or you'll end up with that. I mean, "Seriously" I say, "What did you have against that honeysuckle bush anyway?" She just laughs...(an evil sort of laugh) and says, I know that you like your privacy (was that a sneer on her face and a mocking in her tone of voice?)...but the grass wasn't growing next to it on the north side. I tell her, you'll never grow grass there with or without that bush because it gets no sun. Big man with clippers agrees, but walks off to get rid of the evidence of his destruction. I then silently wish upon the Big man for something to slap him out of his smugness as he goes through his evil rituals tomorrow. Mu ha ha ha ha! I don't remember too much after that because my head was spinning and my stomach turning because I was sickened by the bareness of it all. I wondered what I could build there, fast. I came up with nothing. Maybe extensions for the fence that will make it 8 feet tall, but how would I do that without looking obvious? Summer will not be the same this year. I probably won't sleep tonight thinking about the horrible act of killing a perfectly beautiful gift of nature. I am sure that these feelings will pass with time, but until then, I am keeping an eye out for innocent looking neighbor lady because who knows what she might do next.
Love to all (except the Big man with clippers), Linda