I suspect most writers are controllers. We like the idea of manipulating setting, characters, and action in our novels. Even though critique groups, beta readers and editors suggest changes in our stories, indie authors get to have the last word about the shape and substance of our books.
In most other aspects of my life, I like to be in charge, so when I decided to let a landscaper prune my fruit trees and trim up the bushes in my yard, I had/have/will have moments of doubt. Except for weekly lawn mowings, I have been in charge of yard work for the last forty-some years. I’ve done all the chores on our California half acre, our second home for seventeen years.
(I'm so proud of my orange tree, which produces enough delicious fruit for us and all our friends!)
But my garden has aged with me. Old trees and bushes have lost their luster or grown too large for the space and must be removed. One of my favorite trees is dying; another is sending up too many root sprouts for me to eradicate.
(These Santa Rosa plums are so sweet and juicy. I have two Santa Rosa trees in my yard; two apricots, two limes, an Asian pear, and an apple)
Today, the landscaper takes over. He’s already pruned my fruit trees (he’s an arborist, I made sure); now he and his helper are going to trim up the yard. This summer, he’s going to redo the front yard (less lawn and more drought tolerant plants); in the fall, he’ll take on the back yard. Expensive, but necessary to keep our property spiffy.
Big step for me. How about you? Any other gardeners out there who have loved it and left it?
Six Suspense Novels Spiked with Romance