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Worthy of Words Wednesday 3.27.13 – Symmetry, Shears, Planning…

27 Mar Worthy of Words Wednesday 3.27.13 – Symmetry, Shears, Planning…

Every once in a while I take a photo that deserves a little discussion; that makes it a perfect candidate for “Worthy of Words Wednesday”! The following photo is of a landscaped (and I use that term lightly), area in front of a gas station in South Windsor, CT.

I’m not a huge fan of symmetry in landscape design, unless it’s used in a very formal design and the location is apropos.  In this vignette we see how symmetry, combined with the inartistic use of shears, lack of care, and failure to plan for plant growth, have produced an eye sore that obscures the view of the station. No disrespect to the creator of this planting, but we see too many instances like this when a landscape designer should have been consulted. Having this planting properly designed would have saved the property owner years of maintenance fees, the hopefully soon to be incurred renovation fee, and would even have drawn attention to the station.

Which is better kids, attract customers or shield their view?

Symmetry, the use of shears, and the lack of planning, have created an eyesore that obscures the view of this business.

Symmetry, the use of shears, and the lack of planning, have created an eyesore that obscures the view of this business.

 

8 Comments
  • gardeninacity
    Posted at 09:47h, 27 March Reply

    Maybe this is supposed to be a vampire with green fangs.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 09:59h, 27 March Reply

      Ahh yes, maybe it’s a old Halloween display… 🙂 Thanks for that explanation!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 14:01h, 27 March Reply

    That Alberta spruce on the left definitely looks like it’s opening its mouth and is about to say something…maybe, Help me!!

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 17:41h, 27 March Reply

      Maybe I should have put it (and us) out of its misery… 🙂

  • Dan Eskelson
    Posted at 16:39h, 27 March Reply

    Unfortunately that seems to be a trend that is growing…I call it meatball pruning, but even some family members say that is how their landscape should look. How sad! The poor plants cannot showcase their true, beautiful natural form.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 17:43h, 27 March Reply

      I agree Dan, it is all to frequent and accepted. Time to start a movement, “Meatballs they’re what’s for dinner… Only!” 🙂

      • Dan Eskelson
        Posted at 18:50h, 27 March Reply

        Yes, the “Meatballs are for dinner, let my plants grow free” movement. 😉

  • acairfearann
    Posted at 20:53h, 31 March Reply

    That is bizarrely bad, I think it is made worse by the fact that clearly they were trying…is bad landscaping worse than no landscaping? I think it can be.

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