We needed a new roof on our house. It hasn't started to leak yet, but it's getting old, and we felt it was better to be proactive while both of us were still working.
Little did we know the unintended consequences.
We got two estimates. We picked an experienced roofing company. When their people came out to do the job preparations, we were told a tree near the house was in their way, with branches hanging over the roof. They strongly recommended it be removed.
It's hard to see my baby, but it is the slightly darker tree in the front of the house. It was a baby tree when we moved into the house, nearly 30 years ago. We protected it with a bungee cord that held it upright and helped it grow our first year or two in the house. But now, it had to go.
Its time had come.
My spouse had worked a college summer job for a tree service so knew how to do this job, but needed help. My grown son and a friend attached ropes to it. The saw came out, (you can barely see it but my son is in the upper floor window).
The tree was cut away enough to allow the workmen to work. But, the following weekend, it had to be cut down completely.
I love my plants (well, most of my plants). I couldn't even watch it fall.
But it did need to go. It had gotten too big, and had been planted too close to the house. It was actually endangering our house, or would have down the road.
Sometimes, when things are small, we say "isn't it cute" and don't think about what happens when something is fully grown, and not that cute.
All gardeners need to learn how to prune and to thin - to take out excess so that surviving plants can flourish. In a way, that is what we did last month with "my baby".
I understand that.
But I will still miss it.