Time for our annual battle with the flowering quince.
My husband hates trimming this bush. Hates it with a passion.
The monster is covered in thorns and not easily tamed. Cutting a path through uncharted Amazon rain forest while being chased by pygmies with poisonous darts might actually be preferable.
Every year we do it, and every year he grumbles.
This year he suggested using the chain saw.
But I had visions of this:
And managed to dissuade him.
I started with the electric hedge trimmer…
And managed to cut smaller branches away from the house.
Then the husband brought the ladder and the muscle.
Quince bushes are hard wood, and mature ones like ours fight back.
I was tempted to suggest something like this:
But managed to hold my tongue.
While he was angrily hacking away at that, I moved over to the also out of control Burning Bushes.
These turn a vibrant red in the fall and are much easier to trim.
But I didn’t get very far because hidden in between them and the boxwood? I found a catbird’s nest.
No, not that kind.
And I scared the poor mother right off it.
(Worry not, she’s back.)
Avoiding the nest meant the bushes are still large, but at least you can see the windows now. The top half anyway.
As for the quince…
My idea of a neatly shaped shrub differs greatly from the husband’s …
But he had a sharp implement in his hands and I figured I shouldn’t push the issue.
It looks fine.