Buzz Cut for a Rebel Tree

Ah Spring! The ornamental pear! ImageLambs! Image

Witch hazel, which survived an ice storm!








Put in a word to the Equinox faeries for this tree, which not only has the misfortune to be located next to a no parking sign, and a fire hydrant, but also, was duly punished for exhibiting  noncompliant brown leaves last summer.

May you, once again, sprout leaves.

Happy Spring.


  • I can feel it coming
    In the air tonight.
    (Phil Collins, who I don’t particularly like, but cheesy is the lyric of the day I guess)


  • Happy spring to you Julia! I hope you enjoyed a healthy winter. But I think most of us are ready for warmer weather. And spring flowers! 🙂


    • Hi Karen! Plugging along — and yes, hungry for blue skies, which are rare in the winter in the Pacific Northwest. Hope you are well!


    • So tempting to get out there and put stuff in the ground, which will only get frost-bitten. How many times has that happened to me. Hope you get some real spring, with blustery, rainy days to straighten things out in your garden, and lots of rainbows. And about that tree– I can only think our neighbors got some odd pruning advice. Cheers!


  • Hi Julia,

    I feel for that poor tree. Located at the very edge of my front lawn by the street is a leaning, wimpy, Charley Brown Christmas tree look alike that is a late bloomer every year. It’s beautiful. I love it. During the winter, it can’t withstand the snow and ice so it leans out into the street. I’ve trimmed it in the past to clear the obstruction. Last year, the road crew cleaning up after an ice storm was not as careful — they chopped the heck out of that tree. Thankfully, it survived, unlike the tree in your picture.


  • Julia – I hit the ‘like’ last night and then for whatever reason my laptop would not send my comment – it probably wanted to protect you from boring reading or some such thing. During the time we lived in DC and surviving several severe snow and ice storms, the types they’ve had this year, thousands of the Bartlett Pear trees were uprooted due to the weight of the ice. The trees had such shallow roots they came out of the ground and left huge gaps in many a landscape. Our winter this year took out my double weeping cherry blossom tree. I managed to keep it alive 5 years but I knew when I planted it that the winters here would be hard to survive.


    • I’ve yet to receive a boring comment from you! Sad about your weeping cherry. Have you thought of something gorgeous to replace it with?


      • Not yet. Maybe you have an idea. Whatever it is, the tree will have to stand winters of -10 to 15 with 30 mph winds or so and this year we had lots of ice. And, I like our winter better than summer as it’s brutal with heat index well over 100 3 and 4 weeks in a row with 98% humidity. Of course there’s nothing ‘right about the weather.’ Tom wanted a ‘Henry Walking Stick’ Tree at the same time I had my cherry tree planted and it’s going great guns (wouldn’t you know it). I refuse to have a common tree since the developers decided to strip our entire area (around 50 acres) of all trees. That happened before we moved here but I still consider it a sin against nature.


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