Sunday, 20 April 2014

Balls!

As part of our ongoing desire to change our garden for the better we've long been planning to get rid of a large evergreen "ball" from the front garden. It blocks quite a lot of light to our living room and, if we're honest, it's just plain ugly! We're not sure on its original purpose but it's only redeeming feature is that it offers a little privacy. For this reason we've been waiting to take it out until we could replace it with something.

Our criteria for that replacement has been rather broad. We wanted something that would flower at some point in the year, would provide some greenery, would let light through and would reach a manageable final height. A couple of weeks ago we purchased a magnolia 'susan', which we felt meets all these requirements rather nicely (if pushing it a little on the height). What better than a bank holiday Friday to make the swap...

One big ugly green ball!
 
Cutting it out, one stem at a time.

Last one....

Just the stump to go


Digging it out, cutting through the roots and it's gone!


Deciding where the magnolia should go....

Planting the magnolia

And all done. The grassless area behind is where the old bush was. 

12 comments:

  1. That "moving" photo is just brilliant. I've never seen that done before.
    It's going to be lovely to look out the window and see that pretty magnolia in bloom!

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    1. We're enjoying it already :) I used gifmaker.me for the animated photo - you just upload a sequence of photos, put them in order and hit create. Very simple.

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    1. Yes indeed. Just having something that flowers will be a bonus, let alone loosing the mass of solid conifer.

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  3. It's lovely, I've got an evergreen tree thing in the front garden which I would like to remove. Mike wants it to stay & in the back of my mind I always plan to use the foliage for a door wreath at Christmas.

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    1. All our foliage went to the tip, but if we'd taken it out in the autumn then a wreath would have been perfect.

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  4. Love the wellies and the windows opening in the animation.

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    1. We kept nipping inside to see what it looked like!

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  5. Lol...the animation was fab...now HOW did you do that?
    What a fantastic job, I bet digging the stump out was hard! The new magnolia is lovely, it should give you both so much pleasure.xxx

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    1. I used gifmaker.me. You just upload a sequence of photos, fiddle with the speed settings and hit create. Nice and simple to do.

      It was a lot of hard work, but very satisfying, and we love the magnolia. It's such a difference!

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  6. I had a similar problem at my old house but I think they hadn't realised how big it would grow and how much light it would block so like you out it came but I can't remember now what we replaced it with. I think you're magnolia will look a whole lot better.

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    1. Our understanding is that there was originally a whole row of them. As you say - they didn't really thing through how big they'd get, and gradually previous owners have been removing them. We just finished the job off and took out the last one.

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