Cercis update

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While waiting for plumbing bits and pieces to arrive for the Koi pond UV upgrade, it was back to Cercis removal.  What is less fun?  Being horribly anxious about screwing up the pond, or killing trees?  Hmmm...
Ninty-six gallons of tree on the sidewalk:
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Now the big 'Sombreuil' growing over the front door is visible from far enough back to see the whole thing.  Maybe I won't dig it out after all.  It looks okay.
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The first Crepe Myrtle will go a bit to the left of the massacred Cercis:
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Falling Cercis branches knocked off a few Agave bulbils, but there are plenty left.

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The Crape Myrtles will look something like this next photo when they have grown (at least I hope so).  We are using multi-trunked Crepe  Myrtles.  We will limb them up slightly, probably to the top of the low wall.  This one is not limbed-up at all.
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While I was sawing and chopping, the puppies played in a tub of water as if they were human youngsters--splashing and shrieking at the top of their lungs. 
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Then, soaking wet, they went and took a nap.
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Summer has arrived.
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Comments

  1. What color are the flowers on your crape myrtles? Ours here in Pasadena are just starting to go off. I thought I had all white ones -- Natchez -- with the beautiful exfoliating bark -- but one of them turns out to be a lilac pink. Not terrible, but not the family favorite, either. Of course this was discovered only after we'd dug a very large hole and wrassled all 15 gallons of it into it! At least it's in a different part of the garden from the rest of them.
    And what puppy fun!!

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  2. Hi onederw, they are rose-red, the cultivar name is 'Dynamite'. I thought hard about 'Natchez', but didn't think white would work. The beautiful bark is the best part for me. There are so many flowers in the garden, it doesn't need flowering trees, but the Crape Myrtle size and habit seemed the right choice.

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  3. Oh my what a lot of work it is to remove a tree. My nieghbor has the Dynamite crape myrtles and they are very pretty. Your rose is beautiful across the front. Is that three agaves blooming at once?

    Those adorable puppies are having a good time!

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