It grew out of, and killed off the almond bush that WAS planted there.
It thrived AND dropped jaws for 48 years.
It was commonly called
And was an AWESOME climbing tree!
But Mother Nature has been brutal to it & struck yet ANOTHER blow June 7th. The last sort-of-center branch came down in a severe thunder storm with 50 mile an hour winds.
And it came down on my concrete/iron table and garden sculpture. My heart is broken.
For ALL of it.
In their glory days. . . .
3 days before our scheduled “rescue,” another severe storm came calling. Producing a very short-lived tornado about 10 miles from us—WE were spared.
The tree guys came -with a monster crane- to take it down in really the only safe way left now. What an event.
The man in charge rode the ball and chains up into the tree to secure each part before cutting—it was ALL aMAZing. AND down in less than 2 hours and 9 sections.
Each of the 4 leafy branch ends were lowered almost standing straight up and looked like large trees in their own right! The 1st (& smallest branch cut) was announced to weigh in at 1,600 lbs—the total tree came in over 10 tons (about 25,000 lbs). . .
The garden has gone from shade to shade-sun, to sun-shade, and NOW full out sun. The always sunny kitchen practically requires sunglasses!