May 3, 2011

Just Don't

I'm sorry, but I have to say this.

Does anyone else think wads of pink bubblegum and stiff white popsicle sticks look ridiculous?

This is not my yard but I see it every day.  It's a fairly common sight around these parts: Bradford Pear trees and PJM Rhododendrons, which are overused, and planted everywhere.  I am not a fan* of either, but most of the year they are green and don't hurt my eyes so acutely.  Right now, in spring, owww.

There, I'm done.  I don't like to complain about anyone else's landscaping (my own yard is full of questionable design choices and faulty plant selections).  This yard is otherwise beautiful, with gorgeous bird friendly gardens, and it is well tended.  But.




* not strictly true: I dislike both strongly

11 comments:

  1. Yes I have to agree, it's a little too much of a good thing.

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  2. Laurrie, For some reason this spring, I feel like everywhere I turn there are too many clashing flowering trees & shrubs. I drive by a house everyday that has 5 different colored crabapples blooming right now, one right next to the other. It's quite comical.

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  3. We have the plague of Bradford Pears down here too...

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  4. Thank you for saying this out loud. I cringe at the sight of most PJMs and quickly tire of the Bradford pears planted everywhere. A neighbor planted a mixed row of spring blooming trees in shades of pinks and white along the roadway edge of the property. It's disconcerting. Soon the visual onslaught of mixed color azaleas and rhododendron will begin. And don't get me started on single bulbs planted in a straight row!

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  5. Simmer down now. Those blooms won't last forever. I can see how they would get under your skin.

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  6. Can't say I've ever really seen either of these plants in person but the very perfectly spaced trees and shrubs makes me shake my head and oddly think of plastic bouquets. oh well, at least they're growing something other than grass.

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  7. Rhodos make me scream. I can't remember ever seeing one that didn't make me scream. The Pepto Bismol colored ones are the worst. Bradford pears are so pretty. But I'm sick of those, too. I took some photos today of blasphemous displays of gardening. Someone actually pruned a saucer magnolia.... well, I'll post the photos in a Blasphemy or Wordless Wednesday entry. I can't even describe it. AND.... I swear to God... I saw a toilet bowl filled with plants down the street for me. More Wordless Wednesday material, if you ask me. Thanks for posting this and reminding me to never, ever, ever lose my mind out there in the dirt!

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  8. Everyone: thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate knowing I'm not alone in my distaste for this kind of landscape display. But, I also know there is room for lots of different tastes and self expression in this world!

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  9. Well, my prediction is the Bradford trees will not last long anyway, as they are frail trees prone to disease and storm damage. I think they are beautiful when they are healthy, but overuse of any plant becomes boring. I don't object to the rhodies' color as much as to the arrangement, lined up and pruned into balls.

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  10. Deborah, when all the Bradford pears start to go, it will be awful... there are literally hundreds and hundred planted in mall lots, yards and streetsides everywhere.

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  11. Had to laugh! What are people thinking? Oh... guess they're not.

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