New Gardeners in 'YOUR' Old House! (Funny or Frustrating?)
Just something to make you laugh...or roll your eyes...
When we bought our first house, it was in an older, established neighborhood with HUGE, old dogwoods, azaleas, etc in the backyard. Beautiful. But, the front yard had seen better days. We set to work immediately, creating curvy beds along the front, down one side and by the driveway/mailbox; filling them with crape myrtles, junipers, dwarf azaleas and indian hawthorne. Next-door neighbors on both sides were also gardeners and we had a great time kibbutzing (sp?) over our yards.
We sold that house and are building a garden at the new house. The old next-door neighbors are still friends with us and they call us all the time complaining about the folks who purchased our house. Seems they LEVELED all of the plants/shrubs/trees in ALL of the beds...just leveled 'em. Didn't dig them out, didn't put something else in, didn't do anything, just cut everything down to the ground. And, of course, they have not done anything else in two years, so the weeds have taken over. We drive by there all the time and shake our heads over what's happened to the place.
Sad, isn't it? You'd understand if their taste was just different and they took our YOUR plants and put in their own. But, just to cut everything down to the ground, hang up the weedeater and call it a day? Hard to fathom.
Do any of you still visit places you used to garden and want to scream at what new owners have done? I'm sure sometimes it's funny at how different gardeners have different tastes and see a garden in different ways. But, in this case, it is just sad and seems wasteful.