When we first built our house 17 years ago, it was in the middle of open pasture. I had no landscape plan. I would just go to Lowe's and buy whatever was on sale and try to find a place for it. Some things worked but others did not.
I thought this worked for awhile but have recently decided that it was probably not a good idea to plant holly bushes right against the foundation and siding with no room for the roots. I've worried they might start damaging the sidewalk too. My idea was for an espalier but it has been taking too much effort.
So now they are gone. There is so much else going on in the yard I don't think I will miss them. Over the Spring I will most likely be removing other trees and shrubs that have outgrown their usefulness.
On a different note, I had a fabulous ride on Otoelene Tuesday and when I got back I talked J into getting on her. I just wanted to share my joy with him. In the future I will try to hold my tongue and not give instruction. I'm not sure my joy translated to J.