Oh it is ugly and I am ashamed... but here it is, my dark, dirty garden secret, my ugly, uncared for "other" side passage.
So I'll go into defense mode straightaway. When we first moved in to this house, around five years ago now, the conifers that you can see to the right of the photo were lovely, bushy, picture-of-health specimens... just gorgeous trees.
And then along came our neighbour.
Our neighbour has a fondness for one of those backpack plus spray gun rigs. Now I can understand that, to be honest I could go in for a bit of backpack/spray gun power myself. The only problem I have with his penchant for dress ups, is that in the backpack he likes to put poison. And spray it all around his fenceline. Which is his perogative.
Well you can see for yourself what his love of the backpack did to my trees. It kind of killed them, but bizarrely only to around halfway. Poor things.
So why, I hear you ask me, don't I chop them down?
Well, I don't because of this.
Or rather don't see. This is near the top of one of the half dead conifers. And this is the view out of my sunroom. A room that runs almost the entire length of our house. A room where one entire wall is made up of windows. A room that connects my bedroom to the bathroom.
And a view that blocks out the view of my neighbour's house, and way more importantly, his view of mine. The tops of the trees provide a perfect screen of privacy between my house and one I'd really rather not look at.
But it doesn't change the fact that the trees are not all beautiful, and it's high time I did something about it. So I have started.
If you look in the top photo, you'll notice all that lovely strappy grass on either side of the passage. That's Brazilian Walking Iris, which indeed does walk all over the place. And you can't see them properly, but I have also started to plant different sorts of palms under the conifers. My hope is that as I plant new things and they grow, I'll be able to cut back, and ultimately cut down the poor half dead conifers.
And if he poisons them again I'll topple them over onto his house :D