They Trimmed the Palms!

I had one of the neighbor's Eucalyptus globulus trimmed back to the property line.  I talked with the neighbors first.  They were agreeable with the workers climbing their tree to do the work.
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Bet-ter!  Now I'll be able to dig out the other neighbor's encroaching ficus roots without fear of a six hundred pound (270 kg) Euc branch falling on my head. That will be fun.
Yes, all you PNWesters, that's a Loquat in the ten inch space between the pergola and the fence.  The pergola that had piles of rat feces two inches deep on its roof. 
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The amount of material they took out was amazing.  The work is hard and requires patience and care.  You can not be in a hurry when you are hanging from a rope forty feet up.  
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While they worked, the neighbor came out and hired them to trim their dreadful weed palms.  Halle-friggin-lujah.  
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Halle-friggin-luja!  They're still ugly, but at least the rat nests are gone. 
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The workers completed their job without incident.  There were, however, a couple of casualties.  My beautiful Hunnemania fumarifolia ain't so beautiful anymore.
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Oh guys, did you not happen to notice those brilliant chrome-yellow flowers?  Guess not. 
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At least I can say I was not the one to kill the Trichostemna lanata.  The stem was not completely broken.  I propped it up with a pot. 
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Sigh.  There's always a little bad mixed in with the good.



  1. It always feels great to have a major project like that completed. Sorry about the casualties but it seems there is always something that takes a hit no matter how careful the tree people are. We had a huge oak pruned and had the "widow makers" (huge limbs just hanging there that didn't fall when they were broken in an early snow storm) removed a couple years ago. All went without incident until the very last and a big branch got away from them and crashed down on a large variegated Boston Fern and pretty much destroyed it. As you said, there's always a little bad mixed in with the good.

    1. Sorry to hear about your special fern--Did any of it come back from the base? What really matters is that none of the guys were hurt.

    2. Oh yes, all is well with that fern and in fact it's bigger and better than ever. After that I realized that they can be cut back to the nubbins and it doesn't hurt them a bit. and yes, I sure wouldn't want the job of the tree pruners and removers. A dangerous profession

  2. Yes, unfortunately, we can't expect workers to respect the plants. I had people here last week working on ridding our crawlspace of rats. I like the idea of gardening for wildlife, but that doesn't include rats. My guys also did their share of trampling.

    1. Well, they did try. I should have put a wire fence cylinder around those two. At least they were extremely careful of the Leucadendron 'Ebony', which were untouched.

    2. Infested crawlspace---oy! I bet you are glad that is cleared out, tramples or not.

  3. And I thought I'd squeezed in a couple loquats in crazy places!

  4. Congratulations on achieving a rat-free zone, at least temporarily. I hope the poppy and wooly blue curls recover!

    1. Thanks. A rat ran by my feet several days before the trim while I was out back futzing with the koi filters. Did you hear me scream?

  5. Weed palms? (any palms that will grow here are treasured.) Rodent-attracting loquats? (Ours don't produce fruit.) You garden in an alternate universe. Glad that you're happy with the changes!

    1. Where you garden, it rains. Talk about an alternate universe...


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