New beginnings

Ever since we have lived in this town, we have driven or walked past four huge pine trees on a daily basis. One day during a walk with the dog, I decided to take a photograph. Which proved to be a good thing, because shortly after the photo was taken they were cut down. Those trees were huge and very close to the houses on that side of the road, so I would think that they not only shaded the houses, but were also a hazard in a storm. Whatever the reason, I always find it sad when big, old (these were probably over 30-years old, before any houses were built in this area) are cut down.

The old pines. The photo was taken in mid-September 2011. ©LB/

It took some professional tree surgeons several days to cut down the trees and remove the wood. You don’t just take a chainsaw to the bottom of the trunk and hope it doesn’t fall on somebody or something! The road they were growing along, has vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout the day. So the tree surgeons cut down the trees in sections from the top down, using ropes to lower the cut sections to the ground. I’m sorry now that I didn’t document the process with photos – I didn’t think at the time I’d be writing a post about it!

Things looked very strange and bare for a while. Over the months that followed the trees being cut down, the people living in those houses began to plant little gardens in the recesses where the trees had stood. This year at the start of Spring – almost a year after the above photo was taken – I went back with a camera and took some photos of what the little gardens look like.

The old tree-stumps are still there, but there are two cute little gardens in the wall recesses where they stood. Even the tree stumps themselves are being colonized by moss and lichen. ©LB/


Some close-ups of the flowers that have been planted . . .





What I love about these little gardens is that instead of planting a couple of big plants, the people have decided to plants lots of little plants and herbs with smaller flowers. And the general colour scheme is white/pink/lilac, with a couple of plants which have flowers (which were not flowering at that stage) which will provide splashes of brighter colours.

Sometimes change can bring about beautiful new beginnings.

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2 Comments on “New beginnings”

  1. October 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    It’s so funny that you mentioned this because a similar thing happened in my neighborhood. A few trees were felled during a bad storm last year. Around the stumps the homeowners have planted a little garden completed with painted rocks. They even have a “welcome” sign. It’s very sweet. Now I think I’ll take a photo of it too.

    I wonder why they don’t have the stumps removed?

    • October 19, 2012 at 7:19 am #

      Hi Jackie! Yes, I think you should take some photos to show us. I consulted Willie (the resident forestry expert!) and he says that it’s mainly the cost of excavating out a stump which makes people leave them there. In this case there’s no real reason to do it – it forms a feature in the garden – and it’ll eventually rot away.

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