Saturday, September 23, 2017

Irma's recovery continues

I took a couple of days off from work this week to spend in the garden, I'm tryimg to make it presentable again.  Three days later, I am exhausted and in need of a brake.  The DragonFly is a small garden but when everything is upside down, it takes a while to get it back to normal.  
I lost so many bromeliads, most were crushed by down trees and branches.  I had so many that it hard to see the lost.   I need to buy a new table for the back, my old table was one of the few casualties from Irma.
 Today I tackled the garden by the side of the house.  It takes a hurricane to see how overgrown that corner of the garden was.

The Orange Geiger tree was knocked to the ground by the wind.  Today I straightened the tree as much as I could and cut the top branches that were bend.  I don't know if I want to keep this tree, the roots are not deep and it will probably come down again in high winds.
 The front of the house is a work in progress, the trunk from the date palm has to go, but I am not doing it.

The pile in the front of the house continues to grow and the news from the county is not very promising.  The job is so big all over Florida, officials are telling homeowners to expect several months before it's picked up.

Friday, September 15, 2017

IRMA the recovery

This is what it greeted me Monday morning after Irma left us, the garden was totally trashed.  It could have been worse and our friends in the Florida Keys and Florida's west coast were not so lucky.   
We were hit with a category 1 winds and possibly cat. 2 gusts, must of the houses and buildings in the area did well, not so much for the trees and people's fences.  I lost my favorite flower tree, the yellow Tap tree in front of the house and my date palm.  I have a couple of trees to straighten up and a lot of clean up.   The good news is that all my feces held and so did my tool shed.  

Is going to take a long time to get the garden back to normal, this might be a good time to reevaluate the entire concept for the future.  My back yard went overnight from a shade garden to a sunny garden.  Thanks to my wife, daughters and son-in-law for starting the clean up while I had to go back to work.  

 This is my orange Geiger tree, I want to save it but is not budging.
 The trunk of the date palm will need professional help to remove
 The debris in front of the house is all from the garden.  It will take a long time for the county to pick it up, there are so many piles like this all over Miami.
 Yesterday I had to put together the small patio off my dinning room, it gives me hope that soon the entire garden will look normal again.  The beauty of mother nature is that it always comes back

Let's not forget the people of the lower keys, they are suffering so much. Is going to take a long time for their recovery and to bring life back normal again.