As I began to spend more time in our garden this year, I started noticing wires, rope and canvas belts throughout the yard.
The previous owners had used all these bindings to manipulate the plants, to get them to bend or not to bend or to grow a certain way.
This arborvitae clearly rebelled against the wire.
From what I can see, most of these contraptions did not do their job, no matter how they were rigged.
I’ve been going around and cutting (in a couple cases, sawing) rope and wire, clearing the garden of the unnecessary clutter and allowing the plants to go their own way.