I'm thinking about taking out this tree:
...just because I don't like the way it's lookin' at me.
Actually, I don't think it fits into the landscape I have going for me now in the front yard. When I planted this Spartan juniper several years ago, I was still fairly new to the game and hadn't really developed a sense of my particular garden style. I would just stroll through nurseries and pick out things that looked pretty to me, take them home, and stick them in the ground. You can imagine my survival rate...oy.
Over the years, though, as my interest in the natural landscape around me has grown, so too has my sense of place, and the garden I have now has evolved to reflect that. It looks very much like a windswept prairie-plains/hardscrabble homestead/Texas cottage/grubby child-wandering-through-an-arroyo-on-a-Saturday-morning kind of garden. Not surprisingly, as I've planted things more suited to that aesthetic, my plant survival rate has risen accordingly. And it feels like it just fits, you know?
I don't guess it looks much like the typical suburban yard, being a little too wild and sprawly for that designation, but that's okay.
So this morning I was sitting out on the front patio trying to do some writing when--as it is too often its wont to do--my mind began to drift. Mostly I found myself taking stock in the landscape: That live oak ought to be limbed up to open the space below; I should extend those feather grasses in the hell strip; a stand of rosemary would look good over there...
..and that Spartan juniper has really got to go.
Taking it out would open up the space, and what a hardscrabble homesteader's prairie-plains garden should reflect, most of all, is space, wide-open and plenty of it. So out it will come, and a desert willow will most likely be planted in its place. And I'll feel not one whit of sorrow for that juniper when it's gone.
This set me to thinking: Do you think that hard-core gardeners are less likely to feel sentimental about plants that are in the wrong place? I know a lot of people who will not cut down an otherwise healthy tree for any reason at all, believing trees to be extra-special kinds of beings. But it is my hypothesis that most true gardeners would only hesitate a little, if at all, if they felt a tree was a wrong fit for a spot. So here is my question: would you cut down a tree purely for aesthetic reasons? Visit the poll on the sidebar and let me know what you're thinking.