We haven't been able to look through the archway, into the English garden, with an uninterrupted view, for years. The problem has been the pomegranate tree. Our lovely, fruitful pomegranate tree, with its yearly abundant harvest. But all was not well.
First of all the space was really too small. Well, it might have sufficed had I pruned it or even thought that it might need pruning. I didn't! I think I am paying the price. For two years branches, hanging over the entrance way, have been tied back with rope. I began to think about pruning it last year when a center branch died back. Unfortunately it might have been a branch that I would have left as it was more upright in its growth. This year, despite the harvest, more branches died back. I noticed the bark peeling away from the trunk and branches.
I didn't think was a good sign. Yes, it may have been a result of no rain all summer followed by 8" overnight, but I didn't think so. And so on Saturday, as I left for the garden bloggers' plant swap, I gave permission for the cutting off of several branches. It's hard for me to go cold turkey and say, "please remove the whole tree," but it may come to that in the end. I know I will replace it and prune it but oh, how I we will miss those pomegranates for the next few years. Or will I have to?
Tree number two is from a seed. Of course it is in the wrong place as plants often are in my garden. It is only 3 years old and this year had 2 small pomegranates. I meant to take it out in the winter, when it was dormant, but failed to do so. I'll bet I can't get it out now, although I know someone who is insisting I take it out and is willing to try! And that 's not all...
In the side entry D removed the flowering senna, all the rocks and graded the soil. All ready for a new planter. We are looking into a metal planter which will follow the lines of the walls and be planted with low maintenance plants. It's definitely the time of year for removing plants and making plans.