|This is the rejuvenated hedge mid-August.n The dappled willow is not visible in this picture.|
No pictures of gorgeous flowers in this post. This post is more about the hard decisions needed by the gardener in his or her space.
By the middle of June my privet hedge had still not leafed out. I decided to give it another week before I would take it out if need be. The end of that week brought signs that indeed it was still alive, but a drastic pruning would be in order and no way would it be approaching it 2012 or 2013 beauty.
Since then I took it within ten inches of the ground and cut some growth all the way to the ground. I have since given it a light pruning. I can now say it is on the road to recovery.
|This is my hedge about a week into June. The good bones and pruning apparent, but little sign of life. You can see why I wanted to give it every benefit of time as it is major structural component between my garden and the alley way.|
In many ways this year has been one of rejuvenation and stream-lining my garden space. That which does not kill us makes us stronger and proves we are alive.