Our Gardener

A gardener is contracted
to prune our little front hedge
to mow the front lawn, street
berm, to prune the shrubs of
the little front gardens along
the drive for the rented flats
but not mine, I don’t rent.

He keeps the front lawns and hedge
very tidy, ignores the little gardens.
Shrubs outside two bedroom
windows sprouted up large during
a wet summer after a wet winter
catching him by surprise after
summers of drought. Property
management said “Prune them !”

My neighbour in the next flat was
excited  when he arrived, being
often confined ill to her bed in a
dark gloomy room. She greeted
him effusively but he snarled at
her, did not want to prune her
shrub but was ordered to do so.

He sheared off its sides and top
straight up down across with
screaming electric trimmers.
He did the same to the other shrub.
Two tenants were stunned, aghast.

I don’t want to do our gardener’s
job, but to keep me and my
neighbours happy.  I now prune those
shrubs with secateurs and saw.

The gardener says nothing.

Our Gardener

9 thoughts on “Our Gardener

  1. Last week I had to trim down a Yew so that the people could again see and use their sidewalk …I knew it was a drastic thing to do…The nosy neighbor that kept glaring at me…just about had a heart attack…But really it actually has a almost sculptural shape to it that gives me shivers…Where as before it was like a box …so I say mission accomplished. About your neighbor…All she wanted was to have more light and someone to talk to and all she got was growls…Sad

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    1. Very sad. It needed another trim recently so I did it. After all I own my flat and a badly trimmed bush next door reflects on my property. Still she was so happy she gave me a gift card to our local supermarket, which I greatly appreciated.

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      1. Thank you. I have to say also that as I own my flat next door to hers it helps the upkeep of my property too. However her property managers also expect tenants to keep their gardens tidy, so that helps her too.


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