More yard butchery

before
Before shot from the side.

STUPIDLY, I PLANTED a couple of these pointy things some years back, not knowing the plant’s tendency to run wild. It’s an error I have made numerous times in the past.

Yesterday I said to myself, Enough already! And I phoned Abel the Deadpan Yardman who came this morning and removed the entire mess.

frontbefore
Before shot from the front.
Abel
Abel the Deadpan Yardman does his magic.
sideviewclean
After shot from the side.
frontafter
After shot from the front.

Abel arrived at 10 a.m. and left 2.5 hours later with a paw of cash. The uprooted plants were dumped into a ravine down the way behind both our houses. They’ll likely revive there, possibly becoming like kudzu in the American Southeast.

I like our new clean look. There’s room for more cacti. Some of those tall cacti appear to be San Pedro, an hallucinogenic plant with mescaline that’s used in South American religious ceremonies. For me, however, they’re just decorative.

14 thoughts on “More yard butchery

    1. Señor Kane: We are of one mind. Even my wife likes it better, and she almost always prefers yard chaos.

      Thanks for the feedback. You will not be moderated in the future. Well, unless WordPress messes up, which happens.

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  1. Looking good, Felipe. When we get there I’m sure I’ll make some of those same mistakes! My wife will want to plant cactus for nopales, I’m sure. LOL!!
    Have a lovely afternoon!

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    1. Mike: Put that nopal where it doesn’t matter that it grows 40 feet tall and tosses red-stain all over the place. I imagine stuff grows even faster on the tropical coastline. Ech!

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    1. Phil: Before the butchery it sat where it sits now. I had removed it, and some other things, from the mess area before I took the “before” shots. When it was all cleaned up, I simply returned it to where it was. Did the same with those other things you see in the “after” shot. They were pretty much hidden in the previous plant chaos. Those wagons are available in various sizes, some quite large, at a number of places in the area. Carpenters make them. You can even get them life-sized.

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  2. Those plants are known locally as the mother-in-law plant. They were very much in vogue in the 1950s and 1960s. A local coffee shop had them in their decor for years, plastic of course. They went with that old-fashioned “modern look” in architecture. I had some in a planter that I brought from my mother’s garden years ago. My wife got rid of them. Plants come and go. Creeping Charlies, wandering Jews and Moses in the bulrushes are all passe now. I miss them.

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    1. Señor Gill: That’s the name! I had forgotten. Thanks. I still have a mess of them alongside the carport in our Downtown Casita, and I’m gonna get rid of them too but next year. Yes, they are a plant of the past, popularity-wise, aren’t they? Had not thought of that aspect of the situation, but you are quite right. My father was a big gardener when we lived in Florida in the 1950s, and he had some of those things. Styles change.

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  3. Looks much better, señor. I like the big cactus you left. It looks majestic. Perhaps a few flowers … or nothing. I just watered the two Agave plants I smuggled home from Mexico six years ago. They are getting too big for our apartment and are super prickly. Perhaps a little hacking is in order.

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    1. Brent: I’m going to dedicate that entire area to cacti. The tall baby has one column that will eventually hit the gutter above. I will cut it off and plant it nearby. It will be sweet. Be careful with that agave. It may take over your life as a couple of them almost did mine. Though I suspect they won’t grow in Canada like they grow down here.

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  4. OK. Here goes. I am the lone voter for the before picture. In spite of their numbers, I thought the Mother-in-Law tongues looked manicured and neat.

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    1. Perry: Perhaps you should have been here in person to see how it really looked. Maybe the photo did not do it justice, the out-of-control pack of plants. I do think you will be the lone voter, as you note. Oh, well, different strokes, as they say.

      Your comment was moderated by accident, by the way.

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