We have had around 48 hours of more or less continuously rain here in London and today disaster struck in my garden. I inherited two absolutely beautiful ceanothus’ when moving in here a year ago, and I have spent the winter and spring building a woodland bed under them. The two ceanothus’ are single stemmed and growing closely together so the crowns are forming a single, big dome with a surprisingly big space under. I have to duck a bit to get under the edge but once under there is ample space to walk around even for a tall person like me.
This afternoon the rain finally stopped and I could get out in the garden again – don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the rain, we really needed that, but I do feel a bit miserable when I have to watch my garden from the window for several days and can’t get out and do something useful – it has been hammering down most of the time and has not been gardening weather at all. But finally I got outside this afternoon, and I had only been out for about half an hour when I heard this loud, creaking sound. I turned around to locate the sound and realised it came from the ceanouthus’!
I stood there, watching one of my beautiful ceanouthus’ gradually break apart in its main, big branch with a loud, splintering noise and slowly the huge branch fell down to the ground – and I could do NOTHING to stop it. It was awful watching. When it rains, the water doesn’t really get through the dense mat of leaves on the ceanothus and that’s been a bit of a headache for my woodland bed so I have decided to install a soaker hose. When it rains, the water just stays on the leaves and then evaporates, and right now there are also thousands of flowers – even more water can be retained, and I assume that’s why the weight eventually got too much for this branch.
I have done a bit of emergency clear-up this evening to save all the plants in the bed under the ceanothus’, but the rest of the branch will have to be sawed off - if I can bribe someone to come and help me with it!
I just hope the rest of the branches are OK - it will take a long time for all that water to dry off the ceanothus’ so it will have to carry the extra weight for another few days I guess. It has stopped raining for now though, for a week or so, so that’s good news in all this.
So what should I do with that enormous, big hole that branch left??
The two ceanothus’ grew together so if I have the whole right tree removed I will still have a left tree with a strange, chopped, open side and it will probably never look like a single tree? Or it might grow into a nice shape eventually but it might take many years? I have been pondering a bit this evening about what I can do - it is such a massive big whole you could park a bus in it and not touch the sides, not sure if my photos really shows that!
I tend to look at things like this in my usual half-full-glass way of thinking – as an opportunity to do something that I otherwise would never have done, and my mind is already spinning trying to come up with something that I will physically be able to create and that I can afford on my gardening-none-existent budget (read: whatever is left when the bills are paid!)
Suggestions received with thanks!
PS! My garden is called The Serendipity Garden :-)