I Found a Tree (Again)

If you’ve read “I Found a Tree”, you’ll recognize this picture. It’s the bottlebrush tree that has been in my yard since 1992. It’s the same tree, you remember, that was overtaken by volunteer bushes, which turned into trees under our very noses. For more info on this, see “A Bush Grows in Fresno”.

So I knew the bottlebrush tree was there, but hadn’t really done much to try and clear out the excess foliage around it.

Not only could you barely see the bottlebrush, but if you look at the top of these photos you can see the dead branches from the pine tree as well.

Here are a couple of “before” views of the pine tree, which I had originally thought might have to be taken out someday due to its dry branches. It turns out that you are supposed to maintain them by periodically trimming out the dry parts. (Who knew?)

There were always dry pine needles on my flowers as well.

Now, I will say that a few weeks ago I was “Big Girl” and trimmed these branches away from the side of my house.

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. But even I knew there was no way I could tackle those other bushes or the pine tree.

Enter Jose and Eduardo, the “tree guys”, with their awesome team of tree trimmers! These guys are the best. It turned out I actually knew them from years ago; they were our customers when we were doing pest control.

I was fascinated by the whole process, and they didn’t mind me taking pictures. After one of the guys climbed all the way up into the pine tree, there were times when I was afraid to look! (Element of risk, you know.)

If you look carefully at the right hand photo, you can see how high he climbed. He actually got even higher – in that one I think he was climbing down. He should be in the first photo too, but you can’t see him because of the branches. Like I said, for part of it I couldn’t watch.

Just for the record, I wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to look.

I love this photo because it reminds me of our many (pre-pandemic) Sunday school skits where the villains, Shady Blackheart and Slimy (“the Y is silent”) Jim, would disguise themselves as a bush. Or, in some cases, a cactus, as you can see in “Nopales and More”.

Just a few of the branches they cleared away.

The pine tree looks so much better now! I’m not sure the squirrels are too happy though, because they used to love playing in all those dry branches.

The bottlebrush is enjoying a new lease on life as well. It immediately started producing flowers, for which the hummingbirds are grateful.

So there you have it: my “new” back yard. Stay tuned for progress reports.

5 thoughts on “I Found a Tree (Again)

  1. My yard is blessed with a super-abundance of rapidly growing trees. I’ve often had to go and hide when ‘tree-work’ is occurring. 😮 I’m thinking your squirrels don’t hibernate either? I can hear two of mine ‘barking’ at each other – who know they made such a noise!

  2. Charlee: “Yow! Those guys climbed even higher than we do!”
    Chaplin: “Although we could for sure climb a tree if we ever got let out of the house.”
    Lulu: “But could you get back down again? That’s the question.”

    1. Foster: You have a point there, Lulu! I think I’d be scared to climb all the way up there in the first place. You know what Mom always says about the element of risk!
      Panda: Well I don’t know if I could climb that high but I could easily tumble back down to the ground!
      Foster: Yeah, you have point there…

    1. Thanks Yari! I looked it up and it says that bottle brush trees don’t do well in cold climates, and can’t handle regular seasons of frost. So that probably explains why you haven’t seen them in Colorado. ❄️❄️

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