A teddy bear now lives in our garden

When our old Queenslander house was originally built koalas still lived in the area and would have loved this gum tree. The tree has been so close to the front street and our house is set far back from the street so over the years we did not notice just how tall it had grown and what a nuisance it was to our neighbours. Their Colonial house is built close to the front of their block and in a casual conversation about garden maintenance we discovered that our very tall gum tree was not serving any purpose other than filling up their gutters with leaves. We agreed to remove it.

Extremely tall gum trees are known by another name – Widow Makers so we made the decision to remove it before it earned its reputation at our house.

In came the tree-loppers – I  would not like to be up this tree even with a safety harness. The tree took several hours to remove and dispose of.  No birds nests were found which is a relief.

The space left looks such a mess at this stage.

We placed the witches hats in the street to prevent people from parking their cars in front this day.  For easy access we removed a large section of the fence. The red-roofed house is the one that ‘used’ to snag all the falling leaves.

The hole is dug and filled with water before the tree is planted. We also removed a frangipani tree and the massive ginger that strangled everything else we have ever planted in this part of the garden. The roots of the ginger were the hardest to remove and John got handy with the mattock.

The truck arrives with our Magnolia Teddy Bear peeping out the top. The tree’s botanical name is Magnolia Grandiflora ‘Southern Charm’. We took the advice of our tree expert Simon on the choice of tree for this area and engaged his services to plant it.

The pot did not want to come out of the plastic pot so a chainsaw was eventually used to cut the sides.

Before we put the chainsaw to work.

Coaxed out at last.

John helps to add the soil around base.

Putting the fence together again.

We hope it likes its new home.

  1. #1 by Debra Kolkka on May 16, 2012 - 4:49 am

    I hope the new tree does as well as the old one….but doesn’t grow as big.

    • #2 by tastetravel on May 16, 2012 - 4:53 am

      Thanks Debra, the neighbours agreed to the new tree choice too.

  2. #3 by Ron on May 16, 2012 - 6:58 am

    Roz and John, what a magnificent magnolia specimen. Perfect in that location

  3. #4 by gardengrapevine on May 16, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Great story of one tree down and another on the up. The magnolia shd be magnificent ….. you will get the perfume if the prevailing breeze carries it towards your house. What beautiful glossy leaves they have. We too have large gums, but being on acreage, it’s not so perilous. I do love their strong dappled trunks and waving grey green foliage, but not the falling leaves in the pool …..

    • #5 by tastetravel on May 16, 2012 - 9:24 pm

      I am currently enjoying the perfume of my flowering orchids as as long as there is perfume in the air I am happy.Thank you for your comments.

  4. #6 by Lia on May 18, 2012 - 12:48 am

    Wow, quite a project. We had a couple of gum trees in our front yard, not nearly as tall as yours though. Anyway, during a windy rain storm one fell across the driveway onto the car. We then removed the others. I like your Magnolia tree. Be sure to post pictures when it blooms.

  5. #7 by thehealthyfitdiva on May 19, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Hi Roz, was lovely to meet you today at Dario’s workshop. Was a lot of information for a novice like me, but I enjoyed it! Did you get some nice shots? If you’d like to stay in touch I’ve listed everyone’s blog below 🙂

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