Sadly, I made a decision - or a mistake is a better word- in my garden that made my heart drop into my tummy when I saw the results.
Once in a great while I hire someone to help me with the heavy jobs around hoe and shovel. This time is was getting the leaves off the roof and out from underneathe the solar panels. In addition he had a short list of gardening to do. Trim some branches from the oaks, and "trim" the vine growing over the 12' wall that borders the east side of my yard. The monstrosity of a wall was built by a huge "ritzy" gated subdivision that developed the formerly wooded acres behind us about 11 years ago. That's another long story that also caused some queasiness while getting used to what felt like an invasion of my property and privacy those many years ago.
The vine overhanging the wall was planted by my new neighbors on the other side of the wall. I'm not really certain if the folks over the wall qualify as neighbors considering the fact that I've never seen them due to the height of the barrier wall. Nevertheless I think that is what you call folks who live right next door regardless of walls. (AND that's another story isn't it?)
I found this photo from January to illustrate the lush greenery covering the wall. I really like the greenery and I was so elated the wall was finally disappearing into the landscaping. Once the vine covered the wall it actually added to the tropicalesque look of my garden.
The vines were growing outward (as vines do) and latching onto my split leaf philodendron so I only wanted them TRIMMED for heaven's sake!
Unfortunately, I couldn't be here while all the work was being completed and my "handy-helper" got way too happy with his gas trimmer.
Didn't I say that? Didn't I show him/tell him/explain to him specifically what I wanted? Wouldn't it make sense to take off the edges and not the entire greenery of the vine down to the wall? I'm sorry... every time I think about it or look at it now ... well I already said it... my tummy does a churn inside.
This is a good example of why I am "delegating-challenged"!
I guess the up side is that it will grow back- kind of like a bad hair cut. This will surely take too long for me.
Trials and errors! Big sighs. Lessons learned. Note to self! Calm down. Take deep breaths...