|2014. Ailing, but still lovely.|
I have lost more trees and shrubs than I can count. You replant and go on. But losing this 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple is such a big disappointment. It was so striking, just the right accent at the corner of the deck, and it was becoming a shapely and shady tree.
I need to find something good in this loss. Is there a silver lining? Maybe.
The wobbly, rotting cedar deck is going to be replaced this year with a composite (Trex type) one, and we want to redesign it to make it lower, closer to the stone patio level, and eliminate most of the railings. Without the tree at the corner we can expand to that side and gain more space for what is currently a cramped, cut-off deck shape, only 9 feet wide and oddly angled.
|The dead 'Bloodgood' maple standing on the left, the elevated and too-small cedar deck next to it.|
Without the tree or boxwoods there, we can expand to the left side and have a proper deck.
The row of boxwoods can come out -- they did not survive winter very well, and although they lived, they look awful. With the tree gone, the boxwoods can go too, and the space can be opened up on that side for a larger deck.
Will that be the silver lining, the compensation for losing this spectacular tree? A bigger, new deck?
As of yesterday the tree is gone. My beautiful wine red Japanese maple is a stump. Boxwoods are gone too.
Now the deck looks even more cramped and oddly shaped (there was a reason for the chopped up shape, but that will be in a future post about rebuilding and redesigning the deck.)
Call the deck contractor. I want to make the best of this. I need to think of this as the silver lining to a very disappointing loss.