Monday, April 18, 2011

Sometimes you get something better

A few years ago we had a big hurricane hit Pensacola.  It did a lot of damage and left a pretty big mess for us to clean up.  The Captain and I were very fortunate that it didn't do any more than take down our fence.  

The fence coming down actually worked in our favor, because they came the next week to install our pool  And the fence would have had to come down anyway. 

After the pool was installed we bought and planted a Robellini palm tree.  They are also known as Pygmi date palms.  It had three arms and was lovely.  We were both very proud of that tree.  Here, I have attached a picture.  You can see we had already built the new fence, staining it to match the rest was all that was left along with re-laying the sod.  

Not last winter, but the one prior we lost the tree to below average temperatures during the winter.  We were both really bummed out when this tree died.  It was so pretty and made me smile everyday.  

We left her in the ground even after she died, because I was really hoping that the tree would come back.  That maybe there was some small part of it still there and if we just left her alone, dormant for a season, she would find a way to grow back.

It wasn't meant to be.  

This past weekend we decided to it was time to pull the tree out.  I have a clear view of that part of the yard from my  home office and my view was that sad little withered up dead tree.  So we pulled it out and buried it properly and decided to go and see what we could find to put in it's place.  On our second stop we found just what we were looking for and this one cost half of what we spent on the last one.  

Here's a picture of the new tree. 

She weighed about 1000 pounds and we had to get her off the truck and into the ground ourselves.  (Yes we forget we aren't spring chickens anymore and my muscles are screaming in protest today.)  But in the end it was all worth it.  

I have a new view from my office window and this tree is bigger and prettier.  

I feel as if spring has sprung.

What did you do this weekend?

3 comments:

Karla Nellenbach said...

I reorganized my kitchen cabinets. I know. wildness abounds in my household sometimes.

abby mumford said...

i went to the red sox game on saturday (woohoo!) and then the rest of the weekend was spent packing up my apartment....wow, dusty is all i have to say.

Anne Gallagher said...

I spent the weekend at my mother's house, cutting grass, mulching the flower beds, weed wacking. She has a huge yard and her lawn guy quit the business so I get to do it now. And then my own. I need stock in Tylenol.