The Ties the Bind – Freeing the Garden

IMG_2881 (768x1024)As I began to spend more time in our garden this year, I started noticing wires, rope and canvas belts throughout the yard.

IMG_2738 (769x1024) IMG_2735 (768x1024) IMG_2724 (823x1024)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.

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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.

IMG_2883 (768x1024)IMG_2929I’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.

4 thoughts on “The Ties the Bind – Freeing the Garden

  1. The only tying up we’ve done is a giant spider web-like thing to hold on a large broken limb from our Japanese red maple. It has grafted the limb back onto the tree. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  2. Good for you, Lani! Love the idea of letting the trees be free to grow however they want to grow. I have to be honest, with the exception of the second to last picture, I have never seen any of these contraptions before. I think it’s kind of strange (no offense to the previous neighbors, I’m sure their intentions were pure and they had to have gotten the idea from somewhere!).


    • I know, very strange and there were several more that I didn’t take photos of! They were all over the place. They kept a very immaculate house. Everything was in tip top shape when we moved in. Possibly they felt they needed more control over the garden as well. I can be a little OCD as well so I get that, but I wouldn’t go that far.


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