This is why I prefer small trees in pots.

We have been inundated with relentless wet weather here for what seems like forever, and last Friday, wifey and I decided to go shopping for a new floor rug for our lounge room. The weather was horrendous…..pouring rain, and howling wind, but we were starting to get cabin fever as we’d been confined to indoors all week due to the rain, and so we braved the elements and took off to the shops 30 minutes away. Well the drive south was terrible….the weather worsened…..business’ were closing due to flooded roads, and getting from the car to inside the rug shop was a challenge. Ajoining shops had lost power, people were starting to question why they were out in these hideous conditions, but we had a rug to buy and god dammit we were gonna get one! Sifting through about 30 ugly and over priced ones, we finally found the one we both liked, and proceeded to attract the attention of a salesperson who was very sweet and even gave us $200 off ’cause we’re such nice people….. So while I’m paying for the rug we had to have, wifey gets a call from at son who chose wisely to stay at home in the nice dry sheltered sanctuary he calls his bedroom, who is yelling down the phoneline…..”come home NOW!!!! A huge tree has crashed down on the house and water is pouring in through the hole in the roof! Now, if it’s the tree I’m thinking it is…. then I have a HUGE problem. It’s roughly 50ft high, about 3ft wide at the base, and about 20 of my best bonsai a directly between it and the house. Well for the next 30mins, all I could think of was the house is a wreck, and 30 yrs of training in some of these trees is all but turned to firewood. Finally we turned in to the driveway, saw that it was in fact the 50ft Eucalyptus Blue Gum that had fallen. My heart sank as I thought I would round the back of the house to find my entire collection destroyed! To my great relief and sheer amazement, not a single tree was damaged….I mean, this thing is huge. It had landed right smack bang on the corner post of the house which absorbed a massive amount of down force and didn’t even break a window. The corner room is totalled, the iron roof caved in, and the stud frame was broken in one spot, but considering the impact and the size of this tree, we got off incredibly well, and thank God, nobody was injured. I think my dear Dad was looking down on us that day….. So to all those clever folk who plant small trees that become BIG trees too close to houses…….DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

I thought my collection was under all this mess.

I thought my collection was under all this mess.

These guys are such heros in our community.

These guys are such heros in our community.

what a mess

what a mess

The monster missed my shelves by a matter of inches

The monster missed my shelves by a matter of inches

ouch!

This tree was completely void of healthy roots yet stood 50ft high.

This tree was completely void of healthy roots yet stood 50ft high.

my prize trident maple bottom left

my prize trident maple bottom left

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4 thoughts on “This is why I prefer small trees in pots.

    • Thanks Greg…. Yes a cleanup indeed. Most of the debris is gone, but because the ground is so wet, we can’t get the heavy machinery in to remove the main trunk section. I hope for your sake the Redwood lives up to its reputation, and will be standing for hundreds of years mate. These Blue Gums are prone to just drop the ball without notice…..:(
      How are your trees going? Any progress to report?

  1. Wow! That is what I do for a living. What those guys on the roof are doing. Then after its all cleaned up I get to put them back together again. I stay busy. Glad the kids are OK and that the house did not suffer too much, but wow thank goodness for the trees.

    Reminds me of last year at our yearly show. We were breaking down and I had been working on packing my tree to put on a cart. Someone had parked their cart directly behind me. I turned and started to move forward except my feet did not. I tripped over the tongue of the cart and the cotterpin gouged a huge gash in my arm. My tree went flying spilling soil from the pot but it stayed wired in. Everyone went after the tree to try and save it while I layed bleeding out on the grass. We all know whats really important……the trees!

    • What an honorable profession Al…. These people are worth they’re weight in gold. You’re accident at the yearly show sounds terrible, but at least your tree was priority… well in the onlookers minds at least.:) Well the house will be repaired in time…. thats if this bloody rain stops soon. Seems like it’s been raining for weeks.

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