When our old Queenslander house was originally built koalas still lived in the area and would have loved this gum tree. The tree has been so close to the front street and our house is set far back from the street so over the years we did not notice just how tall it had grown and what a nuisance it was to our neighbours. Their Colonial house is built close to the front of their block and in a casual conversation about garden maintenance we discovered that our very tall gum tree was not serving any purpose other than filling up their gutters with leaves. We agreed to remove it.
The space left looks such a mess at this stage.
We placed the witches hats in the street to prevent people from parking their cars in front this day. For easy access we removed a large section of the fence. The red-roofed house is the one that ‘used’ to snag all the falling leaves.
The hole is dug and filled with water before the tree is planted. We also removed a frangipani tree and the massive ginger that strangled everything else we have ever planted in this part of the garden. The roots of the ginger were the hardest to remove and John got handy with the mattock.
The truck arrives with our Magnolia Teddy Bear peeping out the top. The tree’s botanical name is Magnolia Grandiflora ‘Southern Charm’. We took the advice of our tree expert Simon on the choice of tree for this area and engaged his services to plant it.
The pot did not want to come out of the plastic pot so a chainsaw was eventually used to cut the sides.
Coaxed out at last.
John helps to add the soil around base.
We hope it likes its new home.