Lately my gardening mantra has been “love what you have.” This, of course, is due to economic necessity. I’d gladly love new plants too if I had money in the budget to buy them. Instead, I’ve been trying to maximize my enjoyment of our existing plants by moving some of them to new locations, dividing some to spread throughout the yard, and pruning others to make them more attractive. This holly in the backyard is a prime candidate for pruning:
I don’t know what kind of holly it is, but I know I don’t like it. I never have. However, the other day I was walking to work and saw another holly that looked just like this one except that it was pruned in a really attractive way — all the bottom branches were cut off and the top was a dome; the whole thing basically had the shape of a big mushroom. I know that doesn’t sound very attractive, but it was. So last night I went over to my ugly holly to figure out how to prune it into a big mushroom. When I got close, I saw a robin resting in the holly. She was sitting on this:
So I think I’ll love this ugly holly just as it is for a while longer. In fact, maybe it’s not so ugly after all.