Sunday, March 13, 2011



When my Mr. AGPMan and I purchased our La Chaumière de Briarwood back in 1992 I never dreamed that being a homeowner would require sometimes back-breaking work...  Over the years I've come to understand and appreciate that "our dream home" can't take care of herself and if we neglect her, sometimes for even just a season, ultimately the cost can be very high.

One of the things I first fell in love with in our now 40 year old neighborhood was her stately and well established trees.  Most of them are indigenous to the land, or in other words were growing in the earth and the houses built around them.  When we moved into the home we've called home for nearly nineteen years now there were twenty-two trees on our property...far too many for such a small plot of land.

Late last Fall my hubby and I realized that one of our favorite trees in our front yard was in serious trouble...  In hopes of protecting the ones that still were strong and healthy we opted to cut her down yesterday morning.  Truly a sad day for us for we knew she'd stood tall and proud in the same place for many, many moons.  Once on the ground we haphazardly tried to count her inner "rings" in hopes of determining her approximate age.  We were shocked to discover she was at least 80-90 years old or more...

Anyway, tomorrow I will begin to search our local Nurseries for a pretty new tree to plant in honor of the one we lost.  We are thinking of going with a completely different species...maybe a Japanese Maple for a splash of color!?!  Since most of the trees growing in our yard are pretty much the same exact kind we really are hoping to find something really beautiful and colorful!

For those of you who live in my Region (central Oklahoma) any ideas or suggestions for a tree that won't grow too tall or too wide?

Hope your day has been fabulous.  The time change really tossed us both for a loop!  We forgot about re-setting our clocks and thought we'd over-slept by an hour!

More Easter and Springtime Pretties Coming this week!

Love to you...


Julie Marie said...

Hello Rebecca... I am so happy to hear you are replacing the tree that had to come down... I am always sad to see a tree go... perhaps a beautiful flowering pear tree in it's place?... xoxo Julie Marie

Lemon Lane Studio said...

Isn't sad to take down an old tree? We had to remove two beautiful California Ash trees last year that were constantly growing into the electrical lines. We've planted three in their place that will allow for the lines to go unimpeded. I have a Japanese maple in the front. They are beautiful but very slow growers...

Terra said...

Just like you, when we had to remove a tree, we planted another. I hope you find just the right colorful smallish tree to replace it. Sweet gums are popular here, for orange and pink and yellow fall leaves.

Ginger said...

Hi Rebecca, Wow what a job taking down that giant tree. I know it is sad. One year the ice storm took several of my favorite trees. One my Dad had bought me when we first moved here, an olive tree, was ruined it was so hard to see it go. I am very partial to Redbud trees as a replacement. They don't get very wide or tall and they bloom every spring.

Yes, I want to get together and have lunch as soon as we can all do it. Hugs

Sheryl said...

Bartlett pear trees are nice trees. They are medium sized trees. In the spring they have lovely white blooms and the leaves are a light green. We had one in our backyard in North Texas and it did very well.

Theresa said...

Rebecca, can he knit too! I swear that man can do anything! Hope you find the perfect tree to replace that one! I love trees!

I changed our clocks last night before I went to bed:) It seems to help me a little!

Have a blessed evening! HUGS!

Char said...

Hi Rebecca, it is indeed a very sad day in the life of a tree.
Sometimes life just tells us what needs to be done and do it we must.
I love the J. Maple, we had one when we lived in WA. It gorgeous in the fall with all it's vibrant colors.
I have never lived in your region thus I really can't say. I know that you will choose something that is beautiful and just right for your lovely home and yard.

We in the desert, do not observe daylight savings. Half the year we are the same a CA and the other half we are on mountain time. Everyone but us changes and we go along for the ride!! Char

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I guess trees also have an expiration date! That man of your's can do just about anything!


NanaDiana said...

I hate taking trees down..even when you know it must be done. It just kind of gives me a "clutch" to see it laying dead and on the ground...cut up for firewood..or hauled away. I hope you find a beautiful replacement. xxoo Diana

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca
Sometimes you have to do what you have to do, to preserve healthy trees.
Why not see what small native trees grow in your area or consider an ornamental flowering fruit tree?
I don't know what gardening zone you're in to be of more help.

Char said...

Rebecca, I would love nothing more than to meet in person. Flagstaff is a couple hours from me, not very close. It's up in the mountains and beautiful. You didn't mention when you would be here, just next month. I will be in Puerto Viarta from the 2nd to the 13th. When are you coming to AZ? Char

elizabeth said...

We have replaced weather damaged trees with redbuds and they are so lovely!

Rita said...

So sad to have to cut it down, but oh so wise. You're right, a lot of work comes with maintaining but if you don't do it, you have problems. That's partly what's wrong with our home. It hasn't had much maintanous over the past years and suddenly we find ourselves fixing one thing after another after moving into it. How wonderful that you are planting another with beautiful colors!

Mariette said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Oh, how many trees has Pieter cut off our property. You are right; owning your home & garden comes with a lot of maintenance. But it is a joy for living like that and having something you can call your own. Growing trees, shrubs, plants, roses... whatever it is a JOY.

Lots of love,


Katherine said...

Rebecca, I'm so sad to read about your tree. My hubbin and I live in my childhood home. It sits on a wooded acre of land...mostly old-growth maple, with some oak, beech and addition to tulip and sweet gum that my parents planted. I love these old trees...and whenever one is lost, I feel as though I've lost a many memories under the branches.

We've planted quite a few Redbuds on our property...they grow easily here in Indiana and they're a great understory tree...although they require quite a bit of pruning to keep them tidy, and they tend to drop twigs...worth the trouble for the lovely Spring color (which looks awesome with creeping phlox).

However, I absolutely LOVE my pink flowering Dogwood. It's also a natural understory tree...slow growing, requires very little pruning, has GORGEOUS fluffy pink and long-lasting blooms in the Spring and red foliage in the Fall. It's not a big tree, but it sure packs a punch!

Kathy (KatyDidStitches)

dedicated exchange server said...

Sometimes you have to do what you have to do, to preserve healthy trees.
Why not see what small native trees grow in your area or consider an ornamental flowering fruit tree?
I don't know what gardening zone you're in to be of more help.

karen said...

Our neighbor has a dogwood. I love that tree. The house has had many people come and go since my mom and dad bought this houme when I was 6 . And I hope every year when the dogwood is blooming that our new neighbor will never cut it down. It is right next to our driveway so we can sit on our porch and look at it . I do love dogwoods.

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