Tree Following With Lucy: July
I was going to lay a white sheet on the ground and shake the branches that stretch over our garden to identify some of the smaller critters which inhabit my tree, but I ran out of time :(
Those branches are a constant source of irritation to NAH, who doesn't like them bending further over the garden under the weight of their now fully grown leaves.
He's convinced they'll crash through our fence and onto the garden one day, just like what happened last December.
I then remind him that those branches help to keep our privacy. It's a circular conversation we have at least once a month.
NAH also says he needs to be renamed as 'The Drastic Gardener' for the purposes of this blog as he tends to act on his irritations without consulting me just before he gets started. So we have another circular argument on how his help is welcome, but could he please talk to me first, so we both agree on what needs to be done.
You might just be able to make out a tree limb sticking upwards at about 45 degrees in the bottom third of the photo? That's evidence of The Drastic Gardener in action. In a fit of pique one afternoon NAH decided to saw off some of the lower limbs of the tree.
When I told him he shouldn't leave the remains sticking out like that - they should be sawn off flush with the tree trunk - he said he would have fallen off the tree if he'd done that. Words failed me at that point.
Whilst taking this photo I realised my tree is growing at an angle. I wonder if it'll straighten itself up over time...
Have a look at Lucy's blog over at Loose and Leafy to see what my fellow tree followers have been up to this month.