Taming of the Shrub

July 6, 2013

topiary before

That should be Taming of the Weed. That’s what it was. A nuisance. It used to be a tree of sorts, but years ago we cut it down and for years this little shrub has done its best to sneak back into our lives. Well, not too long ago I was working on my Mosaic birdbath, taking a much needed break and as I looked across my yard ~~~ lo and behold~~~ he was rearing his ugly head once again. Okay, then and there I decided if you can’t beat ’em, then join ’em.  He can live here ~ on my terms.

topiary trunks

The first thing I noticed was that there were three trunks. I decided to make a topiary. I stripped all the leaves and branches from the bottom 2/3. This might just work….

topiary braided

I braided them together!!!!

topiary tied

I secured them with a tie from a baking bag.

topiary pruned

Then I severely pruned  him back. He looked rather sad that day when I finished with him….I didn’t care. This was only stage one of the taming of the shrub!

Today, after only a few months,  I am happy to say I look on this little nuisance with delight. And he seems pretty happy about all the attention!

My little Topiary

Isn’t he handsome? I think he and I are going to get along just fine.

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