Wednesday Vignette – space!!

Lilac (1)

Today, the Lilac stretching skyward behind the Fatsia is coming down. It consists of quite a stand of trunks, at least one of which is rotting, and a number of suckers. It’s the biggest Lilac I have ever seen, and I bet it was planted when the house was built in 1941. About three years ago, one of it main trunks fell down and hit the neighbors’ kayaks. Luckily there was no major damage, but its aging trunks have made me nervous ever since. This old shrub anchors the SW corner of our little property. Its absence will open up enough space to put something rather large. Although I love lilacs during those two weeks in spring, I admit being almost giddy at the thought!

What will it be? The fabulous Magnolia macrophylla I have nursed along in a pot for a couple of years? A my-sized, lopsided Japanese Umbrella pine that has been in a planter in front of the house for years? (It took a beating during the winter of 2016 when a magnolia branch broke off from above it, and shaved off all the branches on one side. In other words, it would be transplanted with the good side facing out.) Or something else? Anyhow, those are my main two contenders. We’ll see. First the tree has to come down, then the stump ground out. As one thing leads to another, this will make a significant dent in my collection of homeless plants! So very excited!!!!!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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27 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – space!!

  1. Evan says:

    Ah, so you decided to take it out! So exciting to have all that space open up! I hope there aren’t any shade plants around it that will protest the sudden increase in light. I love both your choices for replacements. I wish Japanese umbrella pine (think that’s what you meant) weren’t so darn slow. I have one I want to be a tree NOW, dang it! So impatient. lol

    • annamadeit says:

      It is SUPER exciting! And yes, of course ‘pine’ is what I meant – thanks for alerting me to my flub. (I went back and changed it.) I’m truly grateful for its slow growth – otherwise it would be far too big to move now – I’ve had it for probably at least 7-8 years. I hope it cooperates and comes out of its current home without too much protest.

  2. Kris P says:

    More space, even when obtained at the cost of another plant, always opens up new horizons (figuratively and literally). I hope you have lots of fun with it! Here’s my WV:

  3. hb says:

    Trees have lifespans, too. Enjoy planting the new space!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you! It feels rather luxurious to have that much space!!! (Even if it really isn’t THAT much, it feels like a gift. )

    • annamadeit says:

      Hoov – not sure if my comment on your post took, so here it is: “Ugh – all those fires are scary. Our scorched earth is as volatile as the tempers of so many people, it seems. These are interesting times… Glad the wind cooperated, and that they were able to squash it quickly. Oh, and gorgeous bromeliads! I bought a nice burgundy one with white spots. It promptly turned green in my care. Not enough light, I suppose. Will try to nurse it back to its normal outside, this summer. Wish me luck – I don’t often do well with those beauties. “

  4. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Kris! Yeah, this particular plant has been a bit of a ticking time bomb. Every time the winds pick up, I worry – so it’s time! 🙂

  5. Alison says:

    I took out two lilacs last spring, over a year ago, and still haven’t replaced them. They had too much winter damage and were leaning over at crazy angles. I wish I had saved some of the limbs now, they were covered in lichen. Is there not enough room now for both candidates? Put them both in, and let them duke it out!

    • annamadeit says:

      I think there might be – and probably more, smaller things. Same with this lilac – it’s leaning in all kinds of crazy directions. This, my friend, will make a BIG difference. 😀

    • annamadeit says:

      Alison, not sure if my comment on your post about Sherri’s garden took so here it is for you instead:
      “Wow – I don’t even know if two laps around it would be enough to take in all that! ”

  6. Yay! Congrats on the space. My WV is interestingly timed…perhaps a hint of which way you should go?

    • annamadeit says:

      That’s funny… what great timing! I’m seriously leaning in that direction. The great thing is that in addition to the space in front of the lilac, there is at least a few feet between the lilac and the fence that nothing but ivy and blackberries has grown in since we moved in. If I can reclaim that space… well wo-hooooo!

  7. MulchMaid says:

    Space is such a precious commodity – wherever it occurs. What fun you’ll have figuring out what to put there! My Wednesday Vignette shows some space, too, but it’s not the real focus:

  8. Alyse says:

    Those lilacs just don’t seem to do that well, long term, in our climate & soils. Yeay for the new possibilities, and that dent in “the collection of homeless plants”! I have a HUGE one of those. And it weighs on me. Doesn’t it always seem to be the RIGHT decision to take out an old, tired plant. I’m excited for you!

  9. While we do take out some dead trees, we like to train plants like clematises, solanum, etc. up them

  10. Peter Herpst says:

    Exciting news! My vote is for Magnolia macrophylla! Those huge leaves and fragrant giant flowers are amazing.

  11. Tina says:

    It’s thrilling when you realized that you have a chance to re-garden something. I’m sure you’ll have a blast looking at the space, fretting about what would work, perusing books/photos trying to find that JUST RIGHT PLANT. Have fun!!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Tina – I’m so excited about it! And, since I’m such a plant hoarder, all I have to do is go shopping in my own garden. Can’t wait to finally put a few of these patient beauties in the ground. Some of them have been sitting around in pots for years!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Why does the lilac not get renovated and salvaged?

    • annamadeit says:

      This one was too far gone, Tony. Jason who helped me take it down, managed to push one of the main trunks over with his hands – it was so rotten. Glad we beat it to its own demise!

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