We have had a very healthy stand of hydrangea plants along our front walk for quite a few years. They all started from one little bush. And then they spread. And in the late summer, they would be so large that they would block about half of the sidewalk, and we would trim them down. And those bleeding hearts on the right would also lean over the sidewalk, leaving little space to walk. This spring, I decided it was time to thin down the hydrangeas significantly. We removed about half of them on the side near the sidewalk. I think this should work out much better.
I have occasionally tried to dig up and start new hydrangeas in pots to give to friends, but they always died. When Bob was digging up these bushes, he decided to stick some in the ground in another flower bed that needs some rejuvenation. These seem to be actually taking root--
And here's a funny tree in our backyard--
This looks like the definition of gnarly!
And now I better check myself for wood ticks after being out in the bushes!