New Farm Park, Brisbane

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Our Garden gets a Haircut

Winter is here and it is time for some trees to be lopped. This will provide a bit more sunshine in the winter but hopefully produce more leafier trees for summer to provide much needed shade and privacy. However, it still breaks my heart to see them be denuded. I don't like how the garden looks bare and our privacy has been eroded. Its a bit like a bad haircut and you say to yourself OMG what have I done?

Early morning and the truck, mulcher, men and their chainsaws arrive. It doesn't take long to see my beautiful trees lying on the footpath.

A mountain of them.

The mulcher gobbles them up and spits out the chips.

"Smoko Time" (I can't help feeling they enjoy slaughtering my trees)

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BEFORE (Our house is sheltered behind the trees

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Feeling a bit depressed by the carnage I found some colour in the garden to cheer me up.

Then it was time for work to commence on my favourite tree. It is a big Paper Bark Melaleuca. It stands in front of the house and it has a fairly nice shape except when the Electricity Company comes and hacks it away from the street power lines. But now it has grown over the roof and is filling the gutter with leaves and blossoms, so it needs to be trimmed back from the house. It also has big roots that have found their way under the driveway and they have lifted the concrete. So we are getting the roots cut off on that side. My poor baby I hope you survive. You can see and read what happened on Bill's Blog

15 comments:

  1. It does look like a bad haircut. I aggree with you.

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  2. Melaleuca? Is that the tree that makes cream (et.al) that's supposed to make one beautiful? I'm always looking for a miracle. Gorgeous photos. Both before and after.

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  3. I haven't heard of that cream but there is a "miracle" cream made from the Tea Tree, which I also had lopped. They are lemon scented and smelled beautiful when they were being mulched.

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  4. It's sometimes hard to fathom that, when we can communicate in an instant, when we "talk" almost every day, that while we're just starting our summer, your winter is just beginning! Great photos and I love the term "lopping" ! The colors are wonderful- great shots!

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  5. We were in the same boat as you we had everything cut in automn and now it's spring and it springs again !! I took out the hedge cutter otherwise it will be a jungle here, lol !

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  6. Not sure I understand why they had to cut these trees down. They seemed to be in blossom and very beautiful. It seems to be a seasonal thing, that much I understood.

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  7. I love the pictures from the garden:)

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  8. Cutting the trees would have depressed me, too. Your trees are beautiful.

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  9. I feel your pain Diane...I cringe everytime my husband gets out in the garden to prune....But it does come back beautifully in the spring summer time.....

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  10. it looks like it needed a prune although that's a pretty big one. they'll come back better than ever. hope you are feeling better after your op. take it easy. i've enjoyed your travel blogs, always a good read. Fran

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  11. Hi Diane, there is a lot of haircut done in your garden, but I can assure you the trees will respond well to this and grow and flower wonderfully afterwards. It is usually for the moment a bit bare. I always get upset too if we have to cut down trees around the house.
    I hope you feel soon better and take it easy while recuperating.

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  12. Good to have a good haircut. Amazing, no matter where we live there is always some colour in a garden.

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  13. Someone told me a mixture using the tea tree could get rid of nail fungus on your toenails? Are you familiar with that?

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  14. I hope you can find some joy in your garden this winter. Do your winters also make all the trees and grass brown and barren?

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  15. I miss your garden Mum! You know what you are doing. I'm sure it will spring back in Spring and look fabulous again!
    Looking forward to watching the progress.

    Beautiful photos as always.
    Love
    Carol

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