Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Trees Old and New


A lack of established trees is one of the big issues with our garden here. When you look around the beautiful established gardens in the area they are full of trees. We had a few old fruit trees, some white cedars, two of which are a good size, Kurrajongs and Robinia's. The Robinias' are a bit of a problem as they sucker and come up everywhere, but we just snip them off and cut the trees almost completely back each year so in the spring we end up with this, nice green, shady trees . You can see the native frangipani in the foreground here, it has grown well and smells delicous.
Similarly the white cedars are often removed because they host a rather nasty, hairy caterpillar, but these are short lived and our trees are not near the house so they don't bother us. The trees are magnificent, drought tolerant, deciduous and have a lovely flower and scent in the late spring.  They come up all over the place so we just move them where we want them. You can tell they are a great tree for this area as they are around all the sheep yards you see and you can be sure no one ever waters them there.

We also have one lovely Silkie oak in the yard, it is very stately, although it dropped a branch yesterday after all the rain. A lot of these have come up as well so we have moved them to places we want them as well.
In a bit of optimism just after we moved here we planted this elm (i think) for autumn colour and shade, it has just really started to grow and is looking quite beautiful. Maybe in a few years we will have a bench under it.

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