We had to go out this afternoon and to our horror, when we got back, we found that a huge branch had fallen from the top of the Weeping Ash. The weather this week has been very windy. It was balanced on the stream wall.
This is just part of it. It’s broken the new branches growing from the side of the trunk as it fell.Some of it landed in the stream on top of my new plants, well, it would, wouldn’t it! My husband got his chain saw and loppers out and started removing it. Oh no! Underneath the heaviest bit was the remains of my little Prunus mume.
Nothing to be done except cut off the broken bits. Maybe it will shoot again? I do hope so. I helped my husband by pulling on the rope to keep the biggest section of the branch from toppling into the stream. Neither of us could lift it.
Then my husband pulled the rest of the branch and twigs off my stream plants. Well, one of the Loosestrife is a bit bent, but on the whole they have come through pretty unscathed.
Thank goodness! They have suffered enough already!
So we shall be having a bonfire tomorrow of all the bits and the large branch will be cut into logs for next winter. We will be on the phone to our tree surgeon – he told us last time he cut off a dead branch that this old tree only had 5 – 10 years of life left. That may have been an over-estimate, sadly. What a calamity!
- 11 Jun, 2008
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