It’s black ingratitude…

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… to make cordial from the elderflowers and then cut half the parent tree down.

This job required me to stand on one leg on the stepladder to reach into the tree with a bow saw, while inhaling a heavy fug of pollen, bark dust and thrips. Then the branches had to be minced into bags so they will fit into my car when I go to the skip.

I was grateful for a long hot shower, and now plan just a little ladylike watering for the evening.

 

Before - far too dense a shade

Before – far too dense a shade

 

During.  I don't hold a certificate in tree surgery

During. I don’t hold a certificate in tree surgery

All to be chopped into sippets and bagged

All to be chopped into sippets and bagged

Pity to cut down all this beautiful lichen though

Pity to cut down all this beautiful lichen though

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. I once read somewhere that elder was introduced by the Romans so they could make red wine from the berries. Perhaps those chariots with knives sticking out of the wheels were for trimming the trees.

    • Good idea, so long as they can make the tight turn in the back left corner of the garden. Now does anyone out there know the turning circle of the average chariot?

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