Sunday, March 02, 2008
The front yard renovation begins.
This past week I had my front yard “Black Olive Tree” removed. Yes folks, I, the self-professed environmentalist had a beautiful tall tree cut. I've been sick about it all week but I had to do it.
I planted this tree when I first moved to this house back in 1990. Two years later the young tree (and everything else in my garden) was knocked down by hurricane Andrew. That was a sure sign that this was the wrong tree for my small front yard but I replanted it and the tree continued to grow.
Since the initial restoraton, I have had to prune the tree every couple of years to keep it from potentially falling on our roof during hurricane season (a very expensive proposition). Then, this year I finally came to the conclusion that the tree had to go. It had grown monstrously big for my garden, the roots were damaging the sidewalks, and the expense of constant pruning for hurricanes was too much.
In its place I planted a more appropriate front-yard tree, a gift from a fellow gardener. The new tree is a “Calliandra Haematocephala” or Powderpuff tree. It grows about 15 feet tall, is drought-resistant, and it flowers four to six months of the year. The flowers are beautifully "bushy", with a wonderful color and the tree looks great.
Flower of powerpuff tree
Around the tree, I transplanted the multi-color Lantanas I had around the old tree. I also added these purple Bromeliads from my back yard (an inexpensive flowerbed).