|Brown Thrasher aka Chirpa Chirpa Bird|
Birds loved that hedge. We learned to appreciate brown thrashers, robins, goldfinches, wrens, cardinals, waxwings and all sorts of birds because of the habitat this single hedge provided. Tiger swallowtails liked to run the line and switch sides as they flew their route and we were periodically graced with the appearance of a mourning cloak (butterfly). One of the downsides would have to be the bird droppings that contained mulberry. I am guessing a few neighbors were less fond of our natural habitat when they were scrubbing their cars.
I had some additional motivation since one of our neighbors was extremely particular about everything on his property. This person would scrape and repaint the eave on his garage every year. He would crawl his entire lawn looking for weeds. While I thought he was obsessive about such things, he was a great neighbor and I didn't want him thinking I couldn't do a good job. So, I did my best to bring this wild thing into some sort of shape for the rest of the year.
|Mulberry tree on the farm at left|
|Tiger Swallowtail aka Tiger Swallowtail|
Of course, I suffered more scratches and bruises from this unplanned tour of the hedge than I normally did during the entire process. I suppose I could have quit for the day. But, the pruner was still up at the top of the hedge. Oh well.