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Sunday, June 14, 2009

War on Paradise

The-Guy-Who-Knows-A-Song-About-A-Chicken has waged war on the tropical paradise that is our backyard. I don't really have good "before" picture because, truth be told, the newspapers carried very little on the events leading up to this war.

It was a surprise attack, you understand, and photographers such as myself had very little time to prepare. But you can sort of see the lush greenery in these photos:
And by lush greenery, The-guy would argue that I mean space hogging ginger and annoying philodendron. Or was that annoying ginger and space hogging philodendron? In any case, where I saw "tropical paradise", he saw "jungle". The sneak attack last weekend:It looks like The-guy will emerge the victor at some point, that's for certain, even though my boy is the only soldier in his army:Because look at the progress so far:Yeah, that big space where garbage can is used to be lush greenery. Or jungle...whichever...

It's okay though. I'm sure it's going to be some kind'a paradise back there, tropical or not. 'Cause The-Guy commands the plants around here. He's in charge, right after God or Mother Nature or whoever he reports to.

15 comments:

Loraine said...

Last time my husband cleared some brush outside my window, it turned out to be harboring hundreds of deadly poisonous Hobo spiders- who all went directly into my house! Thankfully none of us were bitten, but they were everywhere for weeks.

*BeeCee* said...

Your post made me laugh. And I'd have to agree with you...it looked like a Tropical Paradise to me and not a jungle. I love your pool, by the way!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Yikes Loraine! Well, at least you shouldn't have had many mosquitoes!

Thanks BeeCee! I love, love, love the pool. :-)

Lara said...

Just goes to show you that some people have a vision for something better while the rest of us are willing to settle for ginger and philodendron. Can't wait to see the final result!

A Free Man said...

Send him over to my place after he's done there, we need some help with our jungle.

SJ said...

I can't see the jungle for all the tropical plants.

Christine said...

Is the Guy one of those people who likes flat and orderly?

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Lara - Yeah, and others of us are willing to settle for grass and whatever the heck will live in the Texas heat without being watered. NOT that I'm one of those people...no siree bob. Nope. Not at all.

AFM - I'm sure he'd love to. I think he's planning on gardening in Vermont too when we go visit my parents. Yours would probably be a closer climate, wouldn't it?

Funny SJ! :-)

Christine - He loves orderly. I'm hoping he doesn't he doesn't pine for flat because I'm...eh never mind. :-) :-) :-)

ALF said...

I'm very jealous of that swimming pool.

Arizaphale said...

This is the second gardening post I have read tonight and I am feeling more and more guilty....
You sound a bit like Himself here. He always panics when I get into the garden. I have a slash and burn mentality. But hey! If you wanna make an omelette you have to crack a few eggs! I'm sure something lovely will rise up in place of ginger and stuff. It just may not be until 2012.

Jillene said...

hehe!! That was HILARIOUS!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just returned from vacation so sorry it took me this long to come and check out your blog. From the looks of it you are pretty hilarious. I am pretty sure that I will be back!!

Ricardo said...

You know, the whole place is looking pretty nice. He's a determined man.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Alf - Yeah! And doesn't it look awesome with a tropical theme?!? :-) :-) :-)

Arizaphale - I don't think my reaction is so much panic as it is apathy. As in, "There's a bunch of green stuff already growing. Why do we need different green stuff?" Plus I'm in favor of tropical. But that's okay, because The-Guy says he's thinking of putting in birds of paradise. :-) That's one thing I love about Houston - you can have these gorgeous, majestic oaks growing right next beautiful palm trees, growing right next to all types of everything. It's because we have no zoning... (kidding!)

Thanks Jillene! It's so funny - I did yet another double take when I saw your name. I was like, "I didn't think I left a comment on my blog today?"

Ricardo - He is that. I love that.

John C said...

That guy's a virtual weed killah! And yep, very jealous of the pool. Mint julips by it would be fine fine FINE! :)

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

That DOES sound good. I'll have to find a recipe for mint julep. :-) :-) :-)

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