As a gardener, I feel like I should be at peace with things that are out of my control. I know in my heart that things change, plants are resilient etc., but this is not easy:
South fencerow in my garden, June 1st
South fencerow in my garden, June 27th
Yup, the bench and all of that loveliness is mine. The privet hedge belongs to my neighbors. They trim it every summer, but this year it was a major haircut. I got a sinking feeling in my gut when I saw them string the line and start cutting. I count on the neighbor's hedge to provide shade for the perennials in that bed. There will be some unhappy days as the plants and I adjust to our new exposure.
At least he hasn't torn it out, as he casually mentioned two years ago. And yes, the hedge will probably be better for it in the long run.