Monday, May 27, 2013

Its Time Is Up!

When I moved here I was delighted to find that I'd inherited a magnolia grandiflora of a decent size.  I imagined it laden with flowers, their delicious scent wafting across the patio......

Image from RHS
'It's never flowered' said the neighbours.  Undeterred I pruned it, I fed it, I didn't prune it, I talked to it and gradually got more and more fed up with it.

After 5 years, and about 15 years since it was planted, it still didn't flower, its leaves constantly turned yellow or black and dropped all over the garden and it blocked out a lot of morning light.  So I decided its time was up!


Armed with essential tools, 



and some determination as well as brute force, this


 became this!

There is so much more light now


and although the fence currently looks bare and boring, imagine it please covered with climbing roses, and clematis. I'm even considering a delicate honeysuckle and possibly another try at a clematis armandii.


Not a bad day's work!

9 comments:

Anna said...

Well you certainly gave the magnolia every opportunity to perform Su. Sometimes you just have to be ruthless :) Look forward to seeing what you plant in its place.

Debs Dust Bunny said...

You won't regret giving it the chop! I have one hard rule in my garden, thrive or be gone! : )

Celia Hart said...

Join the *now the tree has gone* club :-)
It's a difficult decision to get rid of a mature tree, but a light area in the garden has so much more potential :-)

I keep thinking I should have agreed to our tree going, years ago!

Plain Jane said...

Brave move but it sounds like it was necessary - and where that tree has gone others will flourish! Jane x

flowerlady said...

I think you did the right thing, I always think gardens should evolve and look at how much fun you are going to have replanting.

Jo said...

What a shame, but you've got endless possibilities for that space now, and things which flower for you will make it so much more beautiful.

elaine rickett said...

I have a camellia like like it just won't perform - you just have to take the bull by the horn sometimes - it will be fun choosing what to replace it with.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Well, it had it's chance and now you can plant something that will actually give you pleasure! Well done. x

Toffeeapple said...

Oh, well done! Those trees are fine when in bloom but otherwise are awful to look at. Was it in the ground? I don't see where it might have been on your final shot. You can have hours of fun looking for something other to put in its place.