Three years ago, we sat on our deck and watched helicopters and water bombers working a fire on a hillside about a mile away. Fortunately, the winds were favorable and fire tends to go up the hill, not down, so we weren’t even on evacuation alert. But a shift in the winds and it would have been a very different story. Partly as a result of that incident, I had a crew pull out a gorgeous 20’ cedar hedge that sorrounded our property, 109 plants in all. It was 35 years old, fully mature — and one hot cinder would have set it ablaze, wicking the fire to all sides of our house and along the fence lies to endanger every home in the neighborhood. But my yard is now barren. I’m waving “Hi” to neighbors I’d never met before this and looking down into their breakfast nook. I want to replace the hedge with something that is not full of pitch and doesn’t collect dry, dead detritus inside itself, something that will be self-limiting in width like the cedars, and low if not zero maintenance; I’m not getting any younger, and truth be told, I hate yartwork. It also needs to be very temperature tolerant. We range from -25 to + 40. And this being the Okanagan, a high level of drought tolerance would be good. I realize this may be an impossible wish list but I’m hoping someone can come up with a brilliant suggestion or two. Thanks.