It was weakened five years ago and has struggled ever since. Also weakened in the summer of 2012, the spruce finally succumbed to the effects of the drought in the spring of 2014. Despite a sizeable investment in the services of a professional arborist, the previous owner’s horrific pruning cost me the gorgeous maple in 2014, too. Then a terrible summer storm in 2015 took the ornamental tree out front. I’ve invested in one treatment after another to restore the oak out back and protect the oak out front, but these temps and the lack of rain worry me. The yew, arborvitae, and holly seem durable, but the “big trees” were one of the forever home’s selling points. I wept over the maple and am losing sleep over the oaks.
If it’s not too much to ask, Spring, please go home for now. I’ll see you in late March. Oh, and when you return? Please bring an appropriate amount of gentle rain.
This comment has nothing to do with this post (which is lovely) but I’ve been watching a show on Netflix recently and it looks like something you might really enjoy. It’s called BLACK MIRROR. I am always “late to the party” when it comes to pop culture so this may be old news to you but this is one of the most thought-provoking shows I’ve seen in quite a long time. It is one of those programs that you watch and then think about and discuss long after it’s over. If you have seen it I’d love to know your thoughts if you are inclined to share them.
Thank you for the recommendation! I heard wonderful things about this one when it was discussed on a local radio program.