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The Burning Bush

by Kay~Kacey on 11/19/2008

Not the biblical burning bush, the one in our front yard.

burning bush

Isn’t it bright and sparkly red? I love this bush. Though I haven’t seen it turn red like this in quite awhile. Why? Because SuperGuy keeps insisting on trimming it back–severely–and when he does that? Not so much red. At all. This year I held my ground. “Don’t touch the burning bush!”

Now, as you know, SuperGuy and I rarely disagree on things. Especially things regarding the yard. If he takes care of it, he can usually have the deciding vote. As evidence by the ground cover I hate. (yes, it’s still there).

But this year I held firm on the “no trimming rule.”

close up of burning bush leaves

It paid off! Look at these brilliant red leaves.

splashes of red

The splashes of red underneath the bush, brightening up the mulch.

red leaf

The hint of red peeking through the grass.

red and brown leaves

The bright red in stark contrast to the boring brown leaves.

Yes, this year I’m thinking it was a good argument discussion to win. I heart the burning bush. :love: Next year it might get ugly when SuperGuy even LOOKS at the burning bush with that whole “it needs trimming” look of his…

(Last day to send me a link to your entry in the Photo of the Month contest. Don’t forget!)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

iPost November 19, 2008 at 7:07 am

WE have 4 burning bushes I my hubby insisted on trimming them this year. I hope they come back bright red next year! Now you have me worried! 🙁

Deb November 19, 2008 at 8:13 am

beautiful, vibrant color….wow! i love to watch the leaves turn colors.

Mental P Mama November 19, 2008 at 8:27 am

I wish you would come here and instruct Squazz. He isn’t happy unless everything has a crewcut. :cursing:

Amy A November 19, 2008 at 10:51 am

very pretty.

Debra Rector November 19, 2008 at 6:46 pm

We had a huge burning bush at our old house. We planted it soon after moving into our then new home, and watched it grow for 9 years. We need another at our new house – they’re beautiful!

I entered a submission to this month’s photo contest by leaving a comment in the contest post. Here’s the link again.

Suzanne November 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

That bush is beautiful! OF COURSE he can’t trim it!

Sarah S. November 19, 2008 at 8:11 pm

I have the same triming problem here too. Mine did look pretty this year though. :secret:

Gayle November 19, 2008 at 9:25 pm

We have two of these in the front of our house. They are so beautiful in the fall and the birds love the little red berries in the fall. Ours have lost all of their leaves now. I have been so disorganized lately and I don’t think I’ll get a photo in this month. Can’t wait to see everyone elses submissions!

Crazy Daisy November 19, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Beautiful! Your photos are amazing!

superguy December 1, 2008 at 10:53 am

I saw a tv show saying to trim the branches on natural looking bushes just above the node or branching below the length that you want. By doing this now I can thin and shorten thebranches without removing the new growth that puts out the color in the fall. The bush isn’t “smooth” or square but it is shorter and not as leggy and still colors every fall. Conventional hedge trimmers are not the answer on these bushes.

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