To my dismay, it seems to have choked out the gladioli blooms I was hoping to see this month. And though the purple and white flowers are lovely, the bush will need to be dramatically trimmed back when fall arrives. I like a lush garden, even tending toward the over-grown, but enough is enough and a haircut is in order.
The rose of Sharon won't be the only plant getting a trim; the rhododendrons that frame the front steps are in need of some limits, lest we wake up one morning and find ourselves unable to leave the house.
And while the clippers are out, I plan to take care of some unhappy limbs on the lilac tree.
I'm not complaining about a lush garden, so much as looking to keep things in check. As news of the nation's drought continues, I am glad to have wet-fueled growth as my problem.