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Goodbye to the old Cherry tree. :o(

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You may remember my beautiful Cherry tree and the tree butchers saga from 2010. Well unfortunately the tree gradually died afterwards. We wished we had trimmed it ourselves but had thought at the time that ‘professionals’ would do a good job. When the dead branches began to snap off in the gale force winds we had the other week, T decided it was time to bite the bullet and saw it down. We thought about how much to cut it down to and thought maybe we could leave the trunk as high as the hedge either side of it and plant the climbing Hydrangea to climb up and over it. We couldn’t possibly have got the roots out anyway. I have also bought a climbing rose to plant with it.
This is my gorgeous tree as it used to be……

What the butchers did to it….


How it looked when they left…..


Each year the branches died back more until there was no life left on it. We brought in the council conservation officer to look at it and he said to take it down. All the trees in our area are under a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). T took off the remaining branches and then started on the enormous trunk.

Unfortunately there were a few plant casualties when the trunk sections were lowered to the lawn. Mainly the snowdrops Hebes and Primulas, Luckily they will spring back again later when T has cut the trunk sections up and moved them to stack for the fire.

After feeling quite tearful to see my old friend being chopped down I realised the border looked much better without the skeleton of the tree sticking up and while I had the camera in hand, set off to see if the Helebore flowers on the plants from Pamd were open yet.
So pleased to see the first few open….


Aren’t they lovely. :o)))
This lovely sunny, mild few days has brought out quite a few flowers around the garden. I love these pale blue grape hyacinths and they have a pleasant scent too.

The crocus are opening nicely…


I found these starting into flower under the staging in the greenhouse!!!!


I picked one of the lemons from the plant in the conservatory and was really pleased to find it was very juicy, thin skinned and tasted as a lemon should…..:o)

Now I am feeling much happier and can’t wait to plant the Hydrangea Petiolaris and the rose Golden Showers..

T is going to dig down into the roots of the Cherry and make decent planting holes for me. I hope they grow well and quickly to make the old Cherry look beautiful once more.

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What an awful way to loose such a beautiful tree HB.
I do like your choice of plants and I hope they make up for what you've lost.
You've masses of flowers and your Hellebores are lovely.

21 Feb, 2014

 

Its always sad when you have to part company with a treasured tree but after the hideous job the butchers did I think your new planting plan will more than make up, can`t wait to see the results later in the year.

21 Feb, 2014

 

What a shame about your tree,H.bird..Was it 'tree surgeons' from the council who did that,with your trees having a TPO on them,or do they tell you to get your own?
The reason I ask,is a friend has a huge Sycamore which has branches growing across a bedroom window,and a tree surgeon said he daren't touch it,without permission...
I'm sure you will soon get used to it,not being there..and enjoy other things you can grow instead...and your garden is loo.:o)king very springlike

22 Feb, 2014

 

Sorry to hear about your tree, nice to see your flowers in the garden, so nice to have a bit of sun isnt it...

22 Feb, 2014

 

That was a beautiful tree ... added to GoYpedia.

22 Feb, 2014

 

I don't think I've ever seen such an awful job done on a tree HB. it was such a tragedy. But now you have got rid of the trunk, you don't have to look at that poor tree any more. It will make great firewood too! I was just wondering if you had considered hydrangea seemanii? The evergreen climbing hydrangea? I have one here and it's so much nicer than the bare stems of Petiolaris. The flowers are just the same frothy and white. Sad story, but a happier ending! :))

22 Feb, 2014

 

Meant to say...your garden is beautiful! :)

22 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Shiela, when people do a job like that, you should be able to sue them for misrepresentation, they obviously knew nothing about tree surgery, just cutting branches off here and there, doesn't qualify them as tree surgeons, they should have been able to reduce the size, and still leave it a good shape, but T has done a good job of removing it, that is 1 heck of a trunk, Derek.

22 Feb, 2014

 

Yes Derek, and they didn't even cut the branches off close to the trunk. Cowboys. :(

22 Feb, 2014

 

So sad about your tree, Hb, but your plans sound great. Isn't it lovely to see the new growth. It was lovely here this morning, and i took some photos of the spring bulbs which have popped up everywhere. No daffodils yet, but it won't be long!

22 Feb, 2014

 

You must have been so upset when you saw they state of that poor tree. But at least your other flowers are enjoying the light - isn't it a joy so see the crocuses, they take me by surprise every year, they come up so quickly.

Well done with your lemon! how big is the lemon tree?

22 Feb, 2014

 

Thank you Scottish and Stroller. It will be nice to get the climbers in and growing.

Lol Steragram, the lemon plant is only about 10 inches high and wide. It's got 2 more lemons on, it's the first time it's fruited in the 4 years I've had it. What surprises me most is that although the plant is small the lemons are normal size and really nice and juicy. I'm saving the last two until my daughter comes so she can see them. She was convinced they would be dry as a bone inside....I do hope these two don't let me down. Lol.

22 Feb, 2014

 

Bloomer we have to apply in writing to the council to do anything to the trees. Stating what we would like to do? They consider the request and someone comes to look at the trees in question and goes back to write a report and then if they consider the request to be reasonable they put notices of your intent around the local area asking for any objections to the plans. If no one objects you can then go ahead. The 'Tree surgeons' we contacted assured us they would raise the crown, prune out any dead wood and take out any old or crossing branches, leaving it more open and better shaped. We were out when they arrived and came back to see the great pile of branches all over my plants and shrubs. They had crushed several shrubs and broken my ornaments. They had even left the swing on the branch and the bird feeder...both really battered. We refused to pay what they had quoted and gave them as much as we thought sufficient to take away the foliage as we wouldn't have been able to dispose of it ourselves. They didn't argue....

22 Feb, 2014

 

Thank you Holly and Tt.
Thank you Karen for the suggestion of the evergreen Hydrangea. I will definitely look for that one. I'll google it tonight and then see where it's available.

22 Feb, 2014

 

Derek and Karen, they were so thoughtless and chainsaw happy it beggars belief. We had a recommended tree surgeon in last autumn to sort out a very large sycamore at the top of the garden. He was excellent and the sycamore looks good even now without foliage. And his price was less than half of the quote from the butchers. Not one of my shrubs up there was damaged. He is coming to trim the copper beech as soon as the permission is granted. That will let a lot more light into the garden and greenhouse. He has been so busy because of the recent gales.

22 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Melchi, it does feel good to see the spring plants and bulbs coming into flower now we are having some much needed sunshine. I noticed just a couple of the miniature daffs with flowers almost open. If the weather stays sunny for a few more days the rest will catch them up.

22 Feb, 2014

 

Thank goodness you found a good tree surgeon this time!

23 Feb, 2014

 

How sad to lose such a beautiful tree. You have some wonderful plants very pretty indeed.

23 Feb, 2014

 

What a shame Homebird but we cannot turn the clock back so onwards and upwards, thank goodness you now have a proper man for the job. Its looking very springlike with all your bulbs and flowers coming out, really lifts our spirits even on a dismal day like today..........

23 Feb, 2014

 

Oh that's sad to have said goodbye to the tree ... fabulous in the first photo! I'm pleased you have now found a reliable tree surgeon ... lovely to see the colourful Crocus and Hellebores too .......

23 Feb, 2014

 

Oh dear, how dreadful, I must admit there are a lot of cowboys out there, making themselves a fortune no doubt!!
Glad to see you have sorted it out, what a massive trunk!! how on earth did your OH manage to deal with it?.
It will look lovely with the plants you have chosen, the garden is a picture, so many flowers, lucky you.

25 Feb, 2014

 

That was a beautiful tree, money sharks should be had by their short and curleys lol can't believe they advertise themselves as profesionals, you should, if your not going to sue them put in a news article in your local paper to prevent then from butchering other gardens' plants, they clearly do not have a passion nor the required respect to be seen as 'tree surgeons' I would have been a raging madcow if I saw what they where doing, even in our country garden services are a major pain, I banned them from the garden beds (puffing and hissing like a python) after countless times having to see after work, iris beds forked meaning they are not in the ground any more and groundcovers raked to shreds. They didn't like me. I didn't care esspecially after the last straw when my Cycas Revolta was starting (after waiting a year) to make new leaves, they raked it of twice. So needles to say no more garden services. But you have a lovely garden. Love those Crocusses the colors are so vibrant!

27 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks girls, it's a relief to see the skeleton removed. We haven't had chance to plant the climbers yet.

1 Mar, 2014

 

Sorry H/B, about the tree. Well if you think on the positive side you will get more light into the garden, and with a good wood burner you will have free fuel for next winter. I would like to thank you again for the painting, it arrived on this morning post and it's beautiful and my wife Anne agreed. We will go out now skirting the shops for a nice frame.
Thanks Again Homebird

3 Mar, 2014

 

You are very welcome Johjoe. Thank you for allowing me to use the lovely photo. It was good practice for me and I really enjoyed painting it. So glad you like it.
I've got used to not having the tree really quickly and I'm not missing it now. I'll be glad to get the climbers in though to cover the remaining trunk. We have a great pile of wood stacked now which will save us quite a bit on fuel this winter. :o)

3 Mar, 2014

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