Friday, August 26, 2011

Short back and sides for the Magnolias

In the Spring

Yesterday with the axe man

View from my bedroom - he looks balletic.

Shorn of its tresses

Now we can see the hill again

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LL Cool Joe said...

And what a lovely view to see! Great job!

Do you have an open fire? Just wondered if the axe man chopped up the tree into logs for you?

Eryl said...

Blimey he certainly took a lot off!

I'm just having a quick break from tiling (oh the agonies, why do I think I can do these things myself?) saw your comment on my post made which me laugh. And reminded me to make time for friends, even if it's just a few minutes.

Eryl said...

Which made!!!

lom said...

It will come back all the better next year

Sharon Longworth said...

I want your bedroom view!

R. Sherman said...

Always best to prune in the Fall; it makes the Spring so much more lovely.


Pat said...

LL Cool Joe: we have an open fire in the drawing room which used to be lit daily in the winter months. But now we live mainly in the Dining room/family room and the kitchen. The house is too big for the two of us - we don't want to move so make life as simple as possible with regard to housework. somehow we manage to use every inch of space.

AndrewM said...

It's the BBL (Big Bag Law):

"Regardless of the size of the bag (garage, house, briefcase), stuff will accumulate to the point where said bag (garage, house, briefcase) is stuffed to the gunwhales and appears too small for purpose."


oh, i am LOL at all the little quips running round in my head of the daring man on the flying ropes swinging from your tree there, but i shall pass on commenting on them - however, his cabriole is very interesting - and he chops trees, too! can't help but wonder if he cooks, as well! ;)

and now about your magnificent tree - how gorgeous, pat - a beautiful tree - is it a japanese magnolia? in my home state, we have a beautiful blooming tree - the japanese magnolia - although it is not from japan - which has the most incredible deep purple blossoms - breathtaking in full bloom and the shape of the tree is just wonderfully delicate looking - like yours -

it's always a pleasure to come by your place and have a walk through your beautiful grounds -

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Isn't it amazing how quickly things can grow and then obscure ones view....? It sure looks pretty all "shorn", my dear....And what a lovely view it is, Pat. The rolling hills of England....! BEAUTIFUL!

Pat said...

Eryl: glad you took time off to come round;)

LOM: I'll hold you to that.

Sharon: I don't always have a man swinging from the trees.

Randall: I'm sure you're right. I heard an almighty squawk in the early hours and wondered what the owl thought of it.

AndrewM: do you think we should get a bigger place?

Pat said...

Gypsywoman: I think it is a Magnolia Soulangiana. There are two, one a paler shade than the other. I also have a much smaller one - a white Stellata.
Because of the position of the two large ones they are best seen against a grey turbulent sky - rather like today, with violent outpourings of rain.

Naomi: the thing about living on this hill one is constantly cutting back. The large American Oak cuts out a third of our sky and is needing to be cut back again.

john.g. said...

That's a severe pruning! Dad cut a branch off ours yesterday, as it was hitting his head whilst mowing!

angryparsnip said...

I too love your view ! so beautiful.
Love your garden.

Did he put in any highlights after the trim ?

cheers, parsnip

Guyana-Gyal said...

Any way you put it, you have something nice to look at...and noooo, I'm not talking only about the tree-trimming guy :-)

Our house is too big for just me and my mother, and still there's not enough space for *things*.

But I'd like a house with a room with shelves all around for my books, my craft things and writing things. And a window [with a good view] where I can place my pooter.

Granny Annie said...

Absolutely lovely surroundings. Makes me jealous.

I want you to know that my husband got his pathology back and it appears the chemo and radiation worked. The cells tested showed no malignancy! You know the rejoicing that is going on around here. He still must get over all the radiation but we are certainly more hopeful than we have been.

Pat said...

John.g: well it sounds like it is the right time to do it.

Parsnip: har har har:)

GG: a good view from the pooter is not a good idea. Not if you want to get any work done.

Granny Annie: that's great news. I'm so happy for you. Well done both of you.

Anonymous said...

I love magnolias. Is a severe pruning the way to keep them flowering well?

Pat said...

nursemyra: that seems to be the popular opinion. Fingers crossed:)

Anonymous said...

It's magnolia time over here at the moment - enormous trees blooming everywhere. I'll have to take note of which ones get the severe pruning treatment later....