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Bad Wind After Christmas!!!

January 4, 2012

It’s not a good time to be gazing out at the garden. Firstly, there’s a lot of soggy brown vegetation which is evidently not going to delight us this year by hardening into individual frosted sculptures; then there are the pools of water laying on the borders and beds, not draining because of the sheer volume of rain, and lastly of course there are an extraordinary number of stricken or fallen trees – devastated by those incredible winds yesterday.

On the skyline at a local Golf Course, there is a comedy line of conifers standing at a 45º angle, and everywhere you look there are fallen trees or massive branches lying on the ground that have left terrible raw gashes in the sides of otherwise rain-blackened trees.

We have lost a Maple in the residents’ garden – a small tree by comparison to those in the Glasgow Botanics, but it will still leave a significant gap.

What to make of all this? Opportunity is the answer. Coincidentally, we were recently offered a small Sorbus tree for the garden by a local school and this could provide the perfect replacement. However, I also think it is important to look at the new space and see what changes may be afforded by the removal of the Maple. A more airy space in a part of the garden that is usually quite shady may provide the chance to do something different. In addition, the other Ilex tree there is suddenly of more visual interest now that it is not competing with the Maple. The recently extended hedging in that part of the garden will indeed be thrilled. More light, more space, more food. We can expect that to do better this year. So, a time to consider our next move, but not a time to despair. A loss in the garden is always an opportunity to try something new. And given the weather, it looks like we’ll have plenty of time to consider what that will be…..



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