Hubs took on our 20' crab apple tree yesterday with the help of a neighbor and his chainsaw. Now there are bits of tree stuffed into all these "yard waste" bags at our curb. Seven huge bags and a rather large pile of tree bits that couldn't fit into the bags. All of it, still flowering. I'm a little worried about what the garbage pick up guys are going to think.
It's sad that it had to come down during it's prettiest week of the year.
The petals fell right outside my front door like confetti.
Seriously, right outside the front door (I took this photo of my entryway two years ago:)
But therein was the problem. This tree, planted by previous owners nine years ago, was destined to be chopped down eventually. It wasn't planted in the right place.
Can you see how close it was to the foundation? About 2 feet on one side. Sheesh. It's branches dropped leaves directly into our gutters all season long, creating serious water runoff issues (and even causing hubs on more than one occasion to brave death and stand on a ladder with a golf club during a storm to free the debris). The trunk was starting to grow at an angle because we had to keep cutting it away from the house. The branches scraped the upstairs windows and threatened our roof shingles... who knows what the roots were doing underneath...
On the other side, branches hung also directly over the front walk, posing an eye-poking issue to many visitors. Especially at night.
And then there were the crabapples in the fall. Those darned things fell all over that front walk, attaching themselves to visitors' shoes and entering my house. (If they didn't get eaten by birds first and *ahem* redepositedon on front walk in a sticky nasty mess.) FYI: smeared crabapple does not come off with just a good hosing and a push broom.
(one last look, from last week)
So it's gone. Strange and sad and a little exciting, as now we get to plant some appropriate landscaping. I'll be the first to admit that outdoor planning is not my strong suit, but we do have a few ideas. So far, most of it includes moving some mature boxwoods from the back to their new home up front. We'll see. If we can't get the whole stump removed, we may have to be creative.
Up first, though, is a new coat of paint for la casa. We're switching it up, going with a medium gray (the one in the middle) and a white trim. Isn't this patchwork paint effect lovely? We have some on the back of the house as well. We're so classy that way.
Sherwin Williams has these little $5 cans you can buy in sample colors. I highly recommend doing this because you never know what paint will really look like until it is on your house at different times of the day and in different cloud conditions. And I'd rather spend $20 and be sure I like it before I've got a whole house covered in paint that has a lifetime guarantee. (One of my friends has a house on her block that looks a little neon green in certain weather. I'm gonna bet they didn't do the paint swatch experiment.)
And, finally: The lilacs we planted last spring have buds!! This is their first bloom and it looks like they have 10-12 blooms on each. Don't they make my AC unit look fancy? heh.
Happy Monday. If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading. xoxo