I love these plants but they have been blocking our view for too long. Our good friend, Doc Adams, got the ball rolling by volunteering himself for a spot of chainsawing. John and Justin assembled the implements of destruction and the guys went at it while I stood around pointing at things I thought needed cutting back.
John dragged numerous huge piles of branches to to a field to pile up for later burning.
As the day went on and the area began to open up, I grew bolder -- "Oh, just take that juniper down to give the azalea and the Hinoki Cypress more room."
Tough love in the garden.
It looks like a war zone now but I have faith that it will be an improvement. By summer, most of the evidence of this destruction will be covered in new growth.
Maybe it's the New Year -- but it feels so good to be making long overdue changes.
Pruning here, pruning there . . .kind of a life lesson, I'd say.