My poor Eucalyptus
As I may have mentioned we planted a Eucalyptus tree a month or so back (before the lawn went down). It was a lovely shaped tree, about 6ft tall. I say was. The tree was planted on the side with my neighbours falling down fence. Well today they finally started to do something about it (previously they were just going to put some new posts in – so I painted it green – now they are replacing it, sort of). All the vertical panel slats were removed without incident, along with a horizontal post which had no support. They then started removing the supporting post at the far end (I think, I wasn’t watching). Next thing I know I hear a squeal and turn round to see my poor tree flattened by the remainder of the fence. There is about 2ft left (if that) at the point we’d staked it. I didn’t know whether to laugh (at my neighbours face – shortly after she managed to fall backwards into her own flowerbed, didn’t land on any plants though), cry or scream.
My neighbours cousin was doing most of the work and decided he would try to graft the tree back together with some insulation tape – I’ve humoured him at this point. Quite frankly I would be nothing short of amazed if it took.
That tree was literally the only thing they had to worry about. There isn’t another plant anywhere along that fence. Its also so far from the fence you can walk behind it. OH is spitting mad. I’m definitely not happy but remarkably calm about it, not sure how mind. OH and I have decided to just replace the tree. The nursery we got it from isn’t far and the tree isn’t expensive (thank heavens). Seems slightly wrong to replace it, but I know it will upset me every time I look out. Fair play to the neighbours they have given me the money to replace it – feels wrong letting them do that, daft I know.
The neighbour has later said she’s going to repaint the fence slats as they go back in (I think they are basically re-building it using new posts but the old slats) and she would do our side as well, only she’s got red paint. I think I made it very clear that I would rather she didn’t. I hope to god I don’t come back to an orangey red fence. I detest that colour fence panel, much prefer green. I know its their fence but I will be furious if she paints over my green (which took me hours, 2 cans of paint and several coats to cover the old ugly red even partially).
Oh yeah and just to add to my annoyance levels, the guy who’s supposed to be building a new garage door, window (seeing as we don’t really have an window any more its that rotten – the door isn’t far behind lol) and a pergola still hasn’t shown up. Its now been 4 weeks since his original fitting date. ARGGGGHHHHHH
Thanks to Wendy who cheered me up immensely when I received 2 Penstemon wedding bells cuttings and a cutting from another plant whose name I can’t remember now lol. At least something good came from today eh.
Sorry guys needed to vent a little. Promise the next blog will be happier. I’ve been trying to find time to write a blog about gardeners world live for months, plus I’ve got loads of photos from our visits to David Austin Roses and the Dorothy Cline gardens. I’ll get round to it eventually.
- 13 Aug, 2014
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