without my permission and while i wasn't home, someone being 'helpful' chopped up my beautiful, full, just starting to bloom spirea. of course, most of what he chopped off is right in the front, too, so it looks like total crap. he cut out two thirds of what it was. i'm talking chopped it down to less than 6 inches. will it survive?? am i going to have to chop the rest of it down so it's all one height? i am so ticked i'm calm - and, when it comes to me and how i am, that's just really, really, really bad. he also took out some of the hydrangea - only took a third off of that. and one of the branches he took off of that was one of the tallest and it had the most buds - so, i'm not going to get to enjoy that...and that one has struggled for a few years. finally last year it was on good footing and had had decent growth. now it's gone. he also removed the mums and the blackeyed susan. yeah, he took that weed out (that i'd posted looking for id for). that is completely beside the point. I didn't ask him to do anything. and, since that has a tap root, it needed to be treated with something before taking it out...so i'll have them to look forward to next year. and, for chrissake, you DON'T cut down bushes just when they're getting ready to bloom. i'm just devastated...i've been nurturing that hydrangea for years (almost lost it 4 years ago by over applying fertilizer, my stupidity) and it had just completely recovered last year. and the spirea was a transplant that also had just gotten completely adjusted last year...this was the first time it was full of flower heads. i was SO looking forward to seeing them in bloom. it's been one thing after another for a month straight...almost every day there's been something happening that's just a 'screw you' thing. i can completely understand why people 'go postal' because i'm just about there. what is wrong with people? i would never go onto someone's property without their permission and cut their bushes...it's actually illegal to do that here, too. it's one thing to trim something that's overgrown the property line...you're allowed to trim it back to the line...this guy was working for the neighbor and had no right to do what he did to my plants....even if he'd just removed the weed plants, it would still have been wrong. he didn't have my permission to do anything. the mystery of who's been cutting my vinca is solved though...he's been trimming that, too.