Tree Felling: An Ode to Old Rose

| 3/30/2010 11:58:12 AM

A photo of Nebraska DaveA big hello from frosty Nebraska. Thanks for dropping by again. Today I’d like to tell you about old Rose. She started her life back in 1965 when the house I now live in was built. She was just a twig in back yard but decided to be the best Rosebud tree she could be. Years past and she grew tall and majestic. Every Spring she draped lovely purple color all over her foliage.

Rosebud tree in her prime

When I came along and made her my own she was about 20 years old and had grown big and strong. She had grown to be about three feet across the base and had many branches that shaded the yard. She was a proud tree that beatified the yard wonderfully well. Then the ants came marching one by one (old Cub Scout song). Carpenter ants took up residence in her core. Before I even knew that they were there her center had been eaten in many of the branches. A large branch that fell exposed the damaged internal part of Rose.

Fallen branch from a rosebud tree

With saws and axes my friends and I trimmed her up with tender care in hopes that those pesky old ants could be controlled. Alas another branch came down as Old Rose tried her best to keep her branches up high and not let the internal rot keep her from blooming.

Rosebud tree being dismantled

Oz Girl
4/17/2010 5:26:41 PM

We've got a few trees on our property that are going to need removed due to poor health... but since I've only been living in KS for less than 2 years, I fear I'm not sentimentally attached to any of them, yet! Your rosebud/redbud was sure a beauty! But I think the hole she left behind will be the perfect spot for your firepit, and what a fitting tribute to her. That firepit will provide many hours of enjoyment, and I'm sure there will be some lovely stories to tell about the rosebud that used to grace that spot in your yard! :-)

S.M.R. Saia
4/16/2010 6:13:25 AM

It's always a shame to lose a tree, and they do leave such a void! Funny how the space they leave behind always looks smaller than the space they took up. What a great idea to use the space for a fire pit, though. I look forward to seeing how that turns out!

4/7/2010 10:57:32 PM

Nebraska Dave, So sad that Rose had to go! She was a beauty! It's a shame you couldn't make a keep-sake from part of her! A birdhouse,or feeder, or some such decoration, but you are right, she will warm you in the same place she once stood, while sitting on a lovely patio enjoying the great outdoors!

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