Tree Removal and Roses
June 24th and 25th

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There was a small pine near the front edge of our back yard forest that took a lot of damage last winter and was previously not in good shape.

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So on the hottest day we've had so far, Allan got out the chain saw and started removing lower limbs. After it was down the rest of the limbs were removed.

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These skinny pieces will be added to the firewood pile. A couple of the green ones are a nearby holly tree which was "pruned" almost to ground level.

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That is the remains of the holly tree. We are hoping that it will regrow and can be trained into a better shape. This one had two leaders and was a bit of a jumble.

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The new open space will eventually be terraced to make a larger flower bed.

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The truck load of limbs ready to go to the landfill. They made us put the holly in the garbage - they don't want it in the chip pile because it's considered an invasive species.

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Meantime - in the front yard the "Hot Cocoa" climbing rose has started blooming.

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Here's a closer look at one of the blossoms.

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The annual poppies have also started to bloom. So far there are just a few of the large double pink.

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There are also double reds.

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And some not so double, right beside our gate sign.

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