There’s something very sad going on round these parts. All our trees, our snow pears, are literally falling apart. We have 3 of these trees planted around that are glorious deciduous things – full of blossom in the spring, full summery canopy and then fiery leaves that drop down in the Autumn.
The tree out the front was the first casualty. A summer storm a year ago ripped off a huge section of the tree. Then the tree around the side went in another wind storm. Then a month or so ago we lost the entire tree out the front and just yesterday? Well, I looked at the one down the back and saw this:
The tree is literally splitting in two. One big storm and it will be gone as well. I could cry.
Here’s the half a tree that’s left down the side.
And that’s where the other one used to be.
I spoke with the tree arborist when he came to take down the front tree and told me that these particular trees have this fault with them. They grow within the trunk in two sections that push against other causing stress until one day when they can’t take it any longer and one side wins, ripping the other out. Another person told me that they have a lifespan of just 8 to 12 years so they have reached that by now. I’m a tree lover and it has been heartbreaking watching them come down one by one.
And now? Well, we will need to replace them with some new trees. Any garden lovers out there have any suggestions? Something deciduous. Something reasonably fast growing. I think a trip to a mature tree nursery is in order and in the mean time, we wait for the inevitable to come to the last man standing. Sob.