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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Larry, Darryl, & Darryl: The Judd Viburnums

That was my affectionate name for the 3 Judd Viburnum in our front yard, planted by previous owners.  Larry stands alone at the front, while Darryl & Darryl stay behind like guardsmen on either side of the walkway.

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

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Wow! It looks a lot better with them gone but I will certainly miss the fragrance in the spring. The last Larry will provide though!!!