Last autumn when I was doing the autumn pruning, I noticed that one of the variegated dogwoods was reverting back to its original form. I decided to do a ‘wait and see’ until springtime before I did a final cut-back. Sure enough, this spring two colours of branches competed against each other and did not promise an attractive shrub. Decision time! After much thought I decided to hopefully prevent the complete take-over of the shrub by cutting out the darker branches. I was pleased with the finished product as much of the shrub still remained and looked good. A view from the top of the driveway revealed this:
The branch growing out over the lawn needed to be pruned back to be in keeping with the rest of the shrub. This protruding branch, when in leaf, would cast shade over the lawn, get in the way of the lawnmower and spoil the line of the hedge.
Our initial decisions in life may well be correct. However, a little more thought and care would often give a result with better prospects. I missed the overview in my original decision. Dogwoods put on phenomenal growth each year. My lack of an overview would have unwittingly created an eyesore and a hindrance. It would have become an irritation, not only to me because I would have known it was wrong, but to anyone hoping to sun themselves in the afternoon sunshine and an obstacle to anyone mowing the lawn.