Whack Job

There’s nothing like the rush I get when I dispense with something that’s overstayed its welcome. At this time of year, the feeling is released with a sharp, shiny tool that I control.


My pruner was a gift from a friend I’ve known since the first grade. I had just bought my first house, with a yard the size of a postage stamp. “You’ll love it,” Barbara told me.

And I do. Pruning yields far more satisfaction than planting, fertilizing–all that nurturing stuff that is associated with gardening. And women. Barb let me in on a secret that she, a mother of three, was harboring. Women NEED to prune. And lop. And whack.

Take action and the results are immediate. I get an almost endorphin high. Still holding the smoking gun, I continue onto the next branch that has outreached its air rights, and before I know it an hour has passed and I am shinbone-deep in viburnum detritus.

It’s a great combo of instant gratification and a little zen. Not to mention long-term benefits of healthier plants and more blooms next spring. And being able to see my front door.

Now I’m going to bring that pruner into my life as a metaphor and apply it to all the tangled vines that have been tripping me up. Somewhere in there is a rose of Sharon.

They are hardy and they grow quickly.



Sharing my art and writing in a loosely gathered way that allows for meandering and taking the scenic route, I try to be mindful, meaningful, but still, at times, playful.
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8 Responses to Whack Job

  1. i can so relate, sharon. snip, ::clunk:: it’s so much prettier when it leafs out and blooms like crazy in a little while. 🙂

  2. Cranky Cuss says:

    I like the pruner as a metaphor. And I expect I’ll never hear the phrase “viburnum detritus” ever again.

  3. DIRNDL SKIRT says:

    Cranky ~ Glad you like the metaphor. That was an odd coupling, wasn’t it? It sounds like a species. Or a disease 🙂

  4. Rose of Sharon, let’s not forget resilient. Thanks for another good read.

  5. DIRNDL SKIRT says:

    …yes! and dogged! Thank YOU!

  6. Thomas Ross says:


    Love this post- whimsical but wise.

    A friend once shared this gardening advice with me- “The best time to prune your roses? When the shear is in your hands.”

    Seems to me the “rose of Sharon” is thriving.


  7. DIRNDL SKIRT says:

    Tom ~ Thank you for the read and comment…I might just take that advice today!

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