While I was recovering from retina surgery, the Spoiler decided that it would be a good idea to have some of the shrubs trimmed.
Keep in mind that I originally gave him this name because he went after a Japanese maple with an electric hedge trimmer–and then tried to prune all the buds off a rhododendron.
This time he asked our garden helper to prune. The above were a couple of hydrangea. But they fared better than this hydrangea, below.
And this is a nearly obliterated spirea–a funky variety with bluish foliage from Proven Winners.
Yes, most everything will recover, at least if we get some rain anytime soon. I am still not supposed to be dragging hoses, nor should I have to. These are established plantings that shouldn’t need my extra help–except for pruning incidents. Sigh.
I think husbands do this so you won’t ask again to trim. After one similar episode years ago I never asked him to trim a shrub.
What a brilliant theory, Pat. I do believe you’re right!
Others (besides husbands) do it also.