July 13, 2013
October 5, 2013
I've tended to Larry, Darryl & Darryl for the last 8 years and I love(d) them for their fragrance in the springtime, their gorgeous velvet foliage, and their lovely fall color.
What I didn't love was having to prune them about 3 times during the summer. As you can clearly see from the photo, these shrubs are large - Judd Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii) reach 6'-8' tall and wide and the previous owners planted Darryl & Darryl only 2 feet from the walkway. I was constantly pruning them back so we could walk to our front door. They were becoming a nuisance.
"Sighted poorly" is often a reason good shrubs get removed and this is what had to happen in our case. After 8 years, we decided that Darryl & Darryl had to go and it was a sad departure. We left Larry, although he seems pretty lonesome. We won't give any new friends until next Spring after we get a new walkway put in. For now, we're enjoying how open the space looks and that you can enjoy seeing the front door & the Oakleaf Hydrangea (both previously hidden away!).
RIP Darryl & Darryl 2013