It hasn't been easy. Underground utilities meant I couldn't create as wide a border as I wanted to. Plus, there were so many roots from the (now dead and gone) pine trees, that it was virtually impossible to plant anything in certain areas.
But I did what I could and although there are some gaps (see below) that will probably always seem like eyesores to me, our back border, along with the hedgerow behind the wall created a nice back drop for the island beds and lawn.
The hedgerow features in just about every photo I have of the garden.
It's been a backdrop for the many photos I take of the birds who come for the birdseed buffet I put out on the wall (most of whom only have to fly across the road to feast).
So when this sign appeared in the gateway to the field, I felt heartsick. I knew the time was coming when I would lose my beloved hedgerow and probably most of the beautiful birds who live in it.
The sign first showed up about three years ago and since then there have been all sorts of rumors about what was going in there.
Until recently, it was going to be a community of acreage homesites, but just recently, the developer applied for, and got permission to change the zoning to allow him to build some 200+ homes on much smaller "low maintenance" lots.
Several people from our neighborhood went along to the planning meeting and voiced concerns about additional traffic etc. but it seemed the City Council had already made up their minds.
I'm sure no one else really cares about the hedgerow and its inhabitants, but I just feel desperately sad at the thought of losing them.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.