That beautiful lush, green jungle that I said was on the north side of our patio is no more. My husband decided that it was way too overgrown and the ivy that had overtaken a yucca tree was a place for rats to nest. (I'm sure he's right! Did you know they like palm trees?). But alas, half of it was 'thinned out' yesterday and the rest will go next week! I'm told it will give other shrubs room to grow. In the mean time my patio chairs will face south! And just to console myself, I bought a plant at Vons-- a hibiscus! And just look at the color!