Our backyard was bound on three sides by stucco walls, grape stake slates and woven bamboo. Besides providing privacy, this boundary kept out wandering animals such as javelina that make a quick meal out of gardens and some shrubs.
Our neighbors graciously offered to remove the rotting bamboo and replace it with grape stake fencing. With a reluctant okay, the bamboo was removed. Lo and behold, a magnificent blue agave plant resided on the other side of the bamboo fence. Freed from its constraints, the agave leaves relaxed into our yard.
This beautiful, protective blue agave became our boundary of choice. Such an expressive example of how we often have to release a boundary that has served its time to release the potential of an unimagined source of beauty and protection.