|Opuntias on parade|
On a similar note and I do admit to having a real thing about bad pruning and general plant abuse, I was horrified a week or so ago to hear hedge trimmers ripping in to the hedge at the bottom of our new yard. This is a hedge of Calliandra haematocephala, a common vigorous evergreen around here which, if allowed to grow, flowers with beautiful red flowers in spring that are loved by the humming birds. This was in the next yard, but had been allowed to grow above the wall and was starting to flower beautifully. Suddenly one morning it was attacked with hedgetrimmers - again can you imagine the logic? 'That's flowering - better prune it and cut off all those pretty red flowers!' Anyway, with three quarters of the hedge cut, the work stopped. I wonder why? Did the home owner arrive back and have a justifiable 'hissy fit at the gardeners or did time run out and the job is to be resumed - I hope not. Sadly so much of this bad pruning is carried out by professional landscape teams that operate in this area.
|Half a hedge is better than none I guess!|