Spring is bursting out all over the garden but my attention has been on Doris! A disaster called Doris This End of the Month View I plan to update you on last week’s post.You will recall that storm “Doris” had caused considerable damage to an old apple tree. Despite the very poor weather this week we did manage to start the process of clearing up.Removing the mass of Rosa Rambling Rector was not very pleasant and needed very good gloves and protection.A few logs will be added to our log pileand a large amount of rose and apple twigs destined for the shredder in the potting shed. Actually this is what was left after about five hours of shredding.So looking at the tree from the house it does not look too bad.From the east side it not great but probably will fill out a bit.From the south looking towards the house it is not bad.But from the main garden looking east we can really see the damage done.You can see on this photograph where the branch came from. Also you can see that the tree is showing signs of aging and rotting from the inside. Given that the tree is probably around 100 years old this is not surprising.
We are not going to rush into removing it completely but will live with it for a while and see how it developed. In the meanwhile we will be looking for mature apple trees to be a possible replacement. So the future is yet to be determined. Its very sad but gardening has never been totally predictable. I guess that is part of the enjoyment.
End of the Month View
Do have a look at Helen The Patient Gardener’s blog where you fill find links to other gardens at the end of February. Thank you to Helen for hosting this meme.