This week I have been more focused than usual on the landscaping around my house. I generally go for the wild look, much to the consternation of my neighbors. To give perspective on that, here's my next door neighbor's landscaping:
Now, here's my landscaping:
I'm sure they're frustrated that they have no legal recourse. If I had grass, they could report me to the city if it grew beyond a certain length. But the first thing I did when I moved in here was to get rid of the grass so that ground covering ivy could take over.
Obviously I have a lot more going on than mere ground cover- all of the bushes and trees have taken on a certain devil-may-care appearance as well
The neighbors did find a way to punish me. Each Christmas Eve, they gather together to set up luminaries lining the streets of the neighborhood. There are no sidewalks here; they line up the candles along the curb.
The luminaries come to a dramatic halt at my property line. The first Christmas Eve I lived here, the neighbors were outside busily setting up the luminaries when I came home from work. I asked them why they were not illuminating my property, and was told that it was because of my ground cover! Seriously! That was a tough one to explain to The Child, who was then 4 years old, since I couldn't make sense of it myself.
If only the neighbors understood that defiance is a favorite indulgence of mine.