As a bonus, we had them take out another couple trees blocking out the other side of the porch, and hanging over the path to the house. One was what I suspect was a Tatarian honeysuckle. I'd planted a couple of native trees very near the house a few years ago when I made it to the sale at the local arboretum, but I don't think they survived there. They were tiny saplings, and I think they got overshadowed by the evergreens that were there. I'm sure I didn't plant a Tatarian honeysuckle -- it's certainly not a native plant. My best guess is that it was the result of a bird. I'll miss looking out this window and seeing mockingbirds and catbirds on it in the fall, but I sure won't miss trying to get under and by it to get to the house. The other thing taken out from that side of the porch was one of those evergreens that's supposed to be lollipop-shaped if you actually prune it. It hadn't been. There had been two of them, and we'd taken out one of them ourselves, from where the honeysuckle was until today. The other one we'd tried to very belatedly prune enough to be able to see out that way. So it had big bare trunks and then evergreen blobs on top. It was ugly.
So what we have left on the north side of the porch is a boxwood that's never been pruned, and must be thirty years old. What you can see from the front of the house is all the bare branches from where it was fighting it out with the arborvitae. If you go around it, you can see the part that's still green. I think that's the next thing Mom's going to start agitating to get rid of, now that she sees how ugly that's become. I'll suggest we take cuttings, and plant them somewhere that's not so close to the house.
In front of the porch, we have what's left of a couple of pitiful azaleas that were also trying to fight it out with the arborvitae, and losing badly. I'm going to research whether you can prune azaleas to the ground and have them come back. We have an old 'Blaze' rose. It must be the only rose Dad originally planted that's survived. It's probably close to thirty years old, and only has a few long, spindly canes, propped up by a spindly trellis. I don't think it's been pruned in over twenty years, possibly thirty. I guess it's like those 'Ice Follies' daffodils -- nothing kills them. And we have a Judd viburnum I'd planted there, in front of the lollipop sorts of evergreen. It's pretty much in the center, in front of the porch. I hadn't realized that had gotten so big. Needless to say, that has never been pruned, either. It looks really pretty in May, when it has those heads of pinkish-white florets. The buds are pink, so there's a pale pink effect going. I think the flowers have a pleasant fragrance. One of its parents is the Korean spice viburnum, which I've never seen on sale around here. The Judd viburnum is deciduous, so it's bare in winter. The rest of the year except May, it's pretty much a green blob.
So now we've got blank space, green Judd viburnum blob, blank space. Then we've got my pots of begonias and other random things lining the path from driveway to house. Mom wants to rip out the applemint on the one side of the path, as it all flops into the path. Fortunately, she has no idea how easy it is to rip out mint, although it's not like you're getting rid of it permanently. But if she knew you could temporarily get rid of it with just a few easy pulls, she'd be out there regularly yanking it up. Actually, where the arborvitae was, I promptly moved the pots of red geraniums, the dusty miller, the oxalis, and the white heliotrope. The oxalis has a lot of bloom on it. The heliotrope has only a few florets, but I'll pinch it back and see what happens. So it's a nice red and white effect there. I'll tell Dad we could put in some ageratum and then we'd have red, white and blue. He'd like a patriotic-type garden.