Last week I tackled my grossly overgrown Euonymus on the east fence.
It was fitting to tackle my green monster
On the 100th anniversary of the original Green Monster at Fenway Park.
Now you may be saying to yourself
This is a real stretch
Fenway Park to my east fence.
But actually they are connected.
When Elliott was in elementary school
We took a series of “urban vacations”.
Boston on the 4th of July was one of our destinations.
And even though we are not big baseball fans
We couldn’t go to Boston without going to Fenway Park.
We walked from our Back Bay hotel – the hotel Elliott!
To the ball park.
And along the way
We discovered The Fens
And the Fenway Victory Gardens
Started in 1941 as we entered WWII
The Fenway Victory Garden is the longest continually operating Victory Garden.
Here we are 60+ years later with community gardens returning.
I was enthralled.
Apartment dwellers standing in line to have their own little slice of gardening heaven.
Chatting over the fence
Just like home.
Later on we traveled to Martha’s Vineyard
Where I was introduced to
New Dawn Roses
Which now grace my east fence.
So we’ve come full circle
Shortly after we built the fence
John decided it needed a little greenery on the inside.
His shrub of choice for fences is Euonymus
Knowing how well they grow
I was a little dubious
But decided not to die on that sword…or shrub.
After a few years the branches began to grow through to the rose side.
It was manageable.
Until this spring.
Between the extra early and warm spring.
And the fact that I have been “in my garden” very little
The Euonymus became
The Green Monster
It pushed through the fence.
Pushed the New Dawn roses away from the fence
They pushed Belinda’s Dream roses forward.
And when they bloomed with those glorious heavy blooms.
They were on the ground.
Not my best effort
Especially on the most public part of my garden.
So I’ve spent a day reigning in the Euonymus
Filling one entire poly cart with “clippings”!
Then tieing the New Dawn branches to the fence
With the handy stringing tool John fashioned a few years ago
It works perfectly for my fence
Once New Dawn has finished blooming.
I’ll cut the branches way back
Like I should have done in early March!
And if we have a decent summer
It will bloom again off and on.
So…as you travel the neighborhood
I hope you’ll think of my own Green Monster.
And the time we met the real one!