Honey, I Shrunk the Lilac

June 13, 2009 6 Comments

There is a rule in our house.  Dwayne is not allowed to cut anything unless I am present.  This has come about after some rather- how do I say this nicely- extreme pruning on his part.  He has good intentions about trimming a branch or two here and there, but then he just keeps going.  The other day he decided to trim the Miss Kim lilac and our honeysuckle.  They were getting a little overgrown and did need a little trimming.  So he got down to business.  Did I mention that I was at work while this was happening?

I will admit that I did know he was going to cut them back.  He warned me.  However, I didn’t realize how much he meant it.  I give you fair warning… the following photos are not for the faint of heart.

Here is the lilac before he “trimmed”:

Lilac on the other side of Bill's roses

Lilac on the other side of Bill's roses

And here she is after:

Miss Kim after the attack

Miss Kim after the attack

Here is the honeysuckle before and after:


Honeysuckle in 2008.  It was bigger this year.  Hence the need to trim.

Honeysuckle in 2008. It was bigger this year. Hence the need to trim.

Honeysuckle in 2009.

Honeysuckle in 2009. It looks slightly better than Miss Kim.

Now, the cats like the improved view.  They can see more of the birds that land on the patio.  And the baby rabbits that seem to appear every few days.

My fear is that he will go too far and whatever he is “trimming” won’t come back.  So far he hasn’t, but one of these days…. Hopefully that isn’t today!

Dig it!

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  1. Brouke says:

    LOL. Very good post. I was not expecting such a devastating aftermath when I scrolled down to the image of the lilac ‘after the attack.’ 🙂 And there is a morel mushroom growing right next to your Honeysuckle. They are delicious, and worth $20 a pound. Just to let you know, there isn’t an after picture of the Honeysuckle.

  2. eloan says:

    Thanks for the comment. The lovely morel is always there. It is made of resin and it has lasted about three years now. If it were edible Dwayne would have already eaten it! And the photo of the “after” on the Honeysuckle is back in. It was there when I did it last night, but it seemed to have disappeared since then. Thanks again!

  3. Vicky says:

    Oh my gosh!!! I can’t believe he pruned it THAT MUCH!!! Oh well, they will grow back! LOL!!

  4. Joanne says:

    Just heard about your blog. Love it! I have added it to my list of favorites.

  5. Our garden was hit hard by the storm. The tomato and cucumber plants were beat down and the leaves are stripped and shredded. We are wondering if there will be any recovery at all.

  6. eloan says:

    I would leave everything until it is obvious that they won’t come back. If you have indeterminate tomatoes (the type that will continue to produce until fall) they will probably send out more leaves and may be able to produce more fruit. I’m not sure about cucumber plants, but I know they keep putting out leaves for quite awhile. I would wince every time I looked at them, but I would cross my fingers and talk to the plants nicely and they may be able to get some fruit for you. Good luck!

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