We knew when our next door neighbor of 40 years moved into assisted living several years ago that there would be changes. A contractor bought the property and rented out Maxine's old house. It is a tear down really, but several tenants have lived there since. The current ones have junk piled in their back yard.
When the proposal for development was posted on the property, we were unhappy to see that the plan was to develop two lots behind the house, but leave the old house in place. This is a lot 300 feet deep and borders our driveway and one side of our property. We knew there would be several houses built on it and were hoping they would tear down the old one and build three new ones.
Maxine and Leroy, the original owners, were very good neighbors, and were very conscientious about keeping their lovely arborvitae hedge trimmed and cared for. It has been in place along the 300 foot property line for the 40 years we have lived here.
Now it is gone.
When I went out to get the newspaper this morning, workmen were cutting the hedge and using heavy equipment to start clearing the lot.
Right next to the fence was a big clump of Crocosmia Lucifer. I knew it would just be ripped out, so I asked if I could have some of the bulbs,
They used the digger to lift the clump and set it gently over the fence.
Tom spent the morning at Jill's house supervising her on going remodeling project. Floor covering were installed today. I went for my walk and did my exercises and stayed caught up on the news.
This afternoon we got out into the yard to do some work. As you can see, it is not raining!
I had company.
I could finally get the roses pruned. The tete-a-tete daffodils have finally come into bloom. Everything is late this year.
Now the roses are pruned, and the hedge is gone. A silt fence has been put in place.
After pruning the roses, I tackled that clump of croscomia bulbs. It was massive, and my hands hurt now from prying it apart. The result is half of a garden bin full of bulbs to plant.
Tom got the full moon maple in the front of the house pruned, a big job too.
I think I'll plant some of the crocosmia up on the wall. It will be full sun now, and what we can now see is ugly.
The hummingbirds will love them.
The digger is still working next door, clanking away. We hear that building will start in the fall, after the site preparation.
We are trying to be resigned to it all. Change happens.