Friday, March 09, 2007

Before and After(math)

They've trashed our lovely wild area behind the house...put up a $800,000 barracks. Quite offensive as they've built as close to the boundary as they could. I'm rapidly planting a forest of birches and could kick myself for not having the foresight to have planted fast growing evergreens.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Oh, Ki - I'm so sorry! May your "green screen" grow fast and well.

At least it's a house, so there's hope that the occupants may turn out to be interesting people - maybe even someone you could convert into gardeners?

Back in the eighties several houses behind us were torn down and a large liquor store/hardware store with huge parking lot put in, eliminating the chance for back fence converstions.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

8:37 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Annie. You must be a very kind person. You see the good in everything. We actually met one of the new owners once early on before the building started and she asked if we would share some gardening tips.
What we're afraid of is that they have 4 boys from 2nd grade to high school age so our idyllic backyard which we spend a lot of time in, may become a raucous one. Old age must be settling in. We used to like the neighbors, noise and bustling activity of our townhouse complex. Probably worried for naught as kids are usually housebound these days or too busy with planned activities. The house is an eyesore tho.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

About 5 Green Giants would fix that problem :) We have them planted all around our property for just such a case. Which reminds me, I need to plant about 5 more myself to hide the hideous car up on blocks that our neighbor has "planted" in his backyard. Why, oh why, couldn't he be a gardener like myself ;)

11:38 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Brian,
What are Green Giants? Arborvitae? We sort of naively thought that they would never build back there. When we moved here 5 years ago we should have immediately planted a screen. Car on blocks...I hope there's not an old refrigerator, tires, washer etc. there worst nightmare. I heard on NPR a story about the neighbor from hell. He got angry when the new neighbors got a survey to see if the new fence he put up was within his boundary. Apparently it was, in fact it was a few feet within his property but it incensed him that they would get a survey so he would sneak around with Roundup and write expletives on their lawn, killed their cat, rode around and around their young son riding a bike and made him crash etc. You would need a chain link fence with razor wire for someone like that.

3:13 AM  

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