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Day Three - Date Palm

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This is a Date Palm -- in the tiny area that is our patio. Our good friend John (of JohnWing.Com fame) who is only a slip of paper short of being a street merited horticulturist, transplanted all these amazing exotic plants onto this tiny strip of ground on our patio -- the Date Palm is just amazing, and we've decided to move it to the corner area in the front beds. (The Bird of Paradise is staying put, though there's a smaller potted one that would be easy to move, so.. who knows.)

Bighead, whose feet mysteriously are in this photo but the rest of him is not strapped a 20 foot boat/trailer strap around his back and used one of those gardening knee pads to shelter his booty and looped it around the dug up roots and began pulling yesterday around 4 pm. (I'm writing this on Sunday morning -- too tired to update with info last night.) Around 5.30 or so we strapped the tree to the car and finally yanked it out of the whole. Though it doesn't look it from this photo, it's actually quite large, the root system, and Bighead estimated its weight around 200 lbs.

There was much debate about the angle at which to point the DP -- once it was placed into the giant hole in the front bed -- debate which continued well into the night. Once the tree was moved to the new spot, I think I finally began to feel as if there was an end in sight. If John hadn't come over to offer his chain saw however -- I wonder how many shovels we would have broke, ha!
19th Mar 2006, 13:32   | tags:,,

lizziepants says:

PS -- that's one of the pentacrotons there in the foreground, a sickly one, but one of the plants that's also likely to wind up in the front area.

Afterall, the back patio grounds are next.

19th Mar 2006, 16:23