Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carole, Amanda, Nate, and I walked the collection for the first time in two weeks to assess damages

Some storm damage is one-way, final, irrevocable like the fallen Blue Atlas Cedar in the bottom picture. Other damage, though it may look horrible, can, with pruning and regrowth, fairly quickly become only a bad memory. The huge Viburnums in the top picture have, Carole tells me, been here before. All we need to do is cut away the damaged wood, do a little pruning to put them in a good place to start growth, and stand back and wait. If we have to cut away 12 feet of growth, we should be able to get it all back in 3-4 years.

The toppled Cedar on the other hand will obviously not regrow. Today we decided that the best and least invasive way to remove it was to have a large crane lift it out in two or three pieces. The bad news is that it was part of a random drift of Cedars running from just below the road down the valley past the pagoda: an attractive feature viewed from the road. The good news is that it cast a lot of shade and all the new light will allow existing planting to develop to their fullest potential.

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