|The stumps of the two trees that I had cut down this month|
|The two trees as they looked last year when I moved in|
It's just that whoever planted these two trees never gave much thought to the confined area they had planted them in, or the impact these tress were going to have on surrounding properties and structures.
The Spirit of the Lily and the Lillypilly?
I decided to leave the stumps in the ground for now until I decided what I was going to plant in the garden.
|The view of my garden from my computer room with the trees gone|
|EVIL spelled backwards is LIVE, by the way:-)|
""It's no concern of ours, anyway," he said."Lots of things are going a bit weird these days."
She nodded, and started pottering about the garden while he watered. Presently she said, "I've been thinking, Peter. Could we take out those two trees, do you think?"
He came and looked at them with her. "I'd have to ask the landlord, "he said. What do you want to take them out for?"
"We've got so little space for growing vegetables, " she said. "They are so expensive in the shops. If we could take those trees out and cut back the wattle we could make a kitchen garden here, from here to here." She indicated with her hands."I'm sure we could save nearly a pound a week by growing our own stuff. And it would be fun, too."
He went to survey the trees. "I could get them down all right," he said, "and there's a nice bit of firewood in them. It 'ld be green, of course, too green to burn this winter. We'd have to stack it for a year. The only thing is, getting out the stumps. It's quite a big job, that."
"There are only two of them," she said. "I could help - keep on nibbling at them while you're away. If we could get them out this winter and dig the ground over, I could plant it in the spring and we'd have vegetables all next summer." She paused. "Peas and beans," she said.
"And a vegetable marrow. I'd make marrow jam."
"Good idea," he said. He looked the trees up and down. "They're not very big," he said. "It'ld be better for the pine if they came out."
"Another thing I want to do," she said, "is to put in a flowering gum tree, here. I think that 'ld look lovely in the summer."
"Takes about five years to come into bloom," he said.
"Never mind. A gum tree there would be justly lovely, up against the blue of the sea. We could see it from our bedroom window."
Now, where can I plant those mushrooms?-)
It's certainly a scary trip reading 'On the Beach' and thinking about the future of my own backyard.
David Griffin, Liz Fraser and Black (Goo) Milk?