Sunday, May 01, 2005

Every Dogwood Has It's Day

Our pink dogwood in our backyard is having a great year, the best since we moved in. The only problem is that it is blocking the view of the house, and blocking some of the view FROM the house. But, Jenn says "don't you dare touch it!" Maybe she'll let me trim it a bit, but only after it's done blooming.

Check out these blooms (click for larger):

We've been too social to work on the house so far this weekend. I'm hoping to work on the railing tomorrow. But, the forecast calls for rain.

Either way, tomorrow is going to have to be the last day we work on the house for a while. Jenn and I have been planning a trip to Europe for the past 4 years. Each year, something happens and we can't go. Well, this year, we managed to rub two nickels together and our respective employers are allowing us 3 weeks off. We hope to see a little of Spain, France, and Holland. We leave this Thursday (May 5th). The joke between us is that we are spending the money we saved by doing this remodel ourselves. Ha!

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Anonymous Brian H said...

call up your local tree nursery and see if they have a big john tree transplanter on a truck.

that is a very desirable tree. that size would sell for 1200-2000.

our nursery would charge 300$ an hour to move it. the actual moving process would take about 30 minutes plus travel time from the nursery. then you have a big hole and a big pile of dirt next to it unless you have a nearby spot to dig random holes.

if the calipar is 4"+ they need to use a 80"+ spade. or they are liing/ignorant.

if you just want it gone. theyll gone it for ya free probly. and fill the hole. or you could sell it on ebay.

bout once every 2 weeks we move trees around peoples yards for a half day its pretty common.

you need to have the calipar (diamitar 12" up from the ground) clearance between the deck, and could you get a dump truck in your yard....A pick of that beautiful tree will provide inspiration.

around here (NE WI) pruning a pagoda dogwood is kinda a no no. we even have to provide some winter protection untill their established. there will be no volunteers...

5:23 AM, May 01, 2005  
Anonymous Brian H said...

oregon eh. half our trees come from oregon. you have a similar climate but much longer growing season. that tree is not likely as old as it appears to me...the boss says a whip that takes us 7 yrs grows in 3 there.

i clicked on to see who moves trees in portland but i couldnt find it. here in the greenbay area there are 4 companies with a total fleet of 12 trucks. We have 4 of them. there are also 6 guys with 1 truck each and i wouldnt let 4 of them near a tree. also there is another large company that i wouldnt let near my yard.

6:03 AM, May 01, 2005  
Anonymous StuccoHouse said...

Have fun in Spain. Its a wonderful country.

P.S. I'm with your wife on the dogwood. Don't touch it!!

8:40 AM, May 01, 2005  
Blogger Greg Emel said...

Brian, WOW $1200-2000!! Wait, no, Jenn says NOOOO!!! :-) But, thanks very much for the info.

StuccoHouse, we can hardly wait to see Spain! We've heard nothing but good things! And, I won't touch the dogwood (although $2000 is very tempting...) Btw, love your house!

9:51 AM, May 01, 2005  
Anonymous Nick said...

I vote for moving the tree further out in the yard. I wish I could do that with my 100' cedar...

3:48 PM, May 01, 2005  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

The discussion of the dogwood sounds just like at our house.
Steve: Those plants are too close to the house.
Jocelyn: Don't touch them!!
Anyway, have a great vacation. What a nice time of year to go too.
Say hi to Paris if you go there and eat lots of good food. :)

6:15 PM, May 01, 2005  
Blogger Greg Emel said...

Nick, yeah, I wish. The house is pinned in by large trees on all sides...

Jocelyn, we've had that same exchange many many times over the past 2 years. We've had to take out 7-8 healthy shrubs for the 2 porches. And, yes, we hope to be in Paris for at least a couple days. Yippee!!!

11:15 PM, May 01, 2005  
Blogger Kasmira said...

It's hard to abide by the "15 feet from the house" rule when you're planting an itty-bitty, cute, little tree. I'm sure it didn't block any views at all when it was smaller.
View blocking or not, it's gorgeous!

11:59 AM, May 02, 2005  
Anonymous Lynda said...

Wow! The dogwood is gorgeous this year! I am with Jenn, don't touch! Besides, it's not like it is blocking a view of the Puget Sound....

4:35 PM, May 09, 2005  

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