Demolition

They started before I thought of taking photos. 
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Of course the pond had to be covered to protect the koi from falling nails, splinters, and the like.
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They were neat and careful, for which I am grateful.  Those copper caps on the ends of the beams will become succulent planters, I think.  Won't that be cool?  They will also be a memory of a fairly unsuccessful trellis.  See how the main beams are notched?  That notching compromised them quickly--moisture settled into those notches.  If the entire top of the beam had been capped with copper, it would have prevented them from rotting.  The copper caps preserved the beam ends perfectly, but that did not save them.   Now I can say I know something about trellis construction.  Don't notch the damn beams, okay?
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The sun progressed as they did.  The trellis originally was a support for two Wisteria.  I did not realize Wisteria need pruning on an hourly basis.  They really made a mess, and bloomed perhaps 10 days out of the year.  I'm still pulling out suckers six years after I dug them up.  The root systems went out 30 or 40 feet (>10 m).
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I became distracted by the usual things.  Aloe 'Hercules'...
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..Echeveria... 
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...and a rose, of course, in this case 'Matilda':  a rose that never stops blooming, but unfortunately also rarely stops Rusting.   
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And suddenly they were done.  The area is at high risk for wild fires, and the local fire authority is urging the neighborhood to reduce risks as much as possible.  We are doing our part.  Our wooden trellis, besides being unsound due to incorrect construction, was also a fire hazard due to being wood. Adieu. 
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  1. Pleased the copper caps will be put to good use. The aloe hercules is lovely. They are not available in the UK yet, so have to stay at the top of my wish list for now.

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