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a hummingbird garden destroyed

2003-07-06 - 4:02 p.m.

It is almost exactly two years since I started my hummingbird garden, and now it looks like I'll be starting over almost from scratch.

Here's the last view I had out my window before the tree collapsed on my house:

last view before disaster
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Yeah, it's wet out there, with more water out of the pond than in it, but Louisiana native plants are built to take a lot of sogginess, so I wasn't especially alarmed. At that time, around 7 P.M. or so, the flood waters had started to subside, and we thought the worst was over.

Then, bam, the tree came down. Here's the view out of my office window the next morning, when it was mostly filled by branches of the tree.

hummingbird garden under an oak tree
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At this point, virtually the entire back yard was underneath the spreading branches of the fallen oak. It is still hard for my mind to fully comprehend the size of this thing. It was big enough to fall from its position on the CLECO alley, to smash my hot tub and aviary, cover most of my yard with branches, and reach into my office and living room with multiple branches.

Once the tree was removed, I could see that a great many wildflowers had been smashed either by the tree or the workmen. The Black-Eyed Susan and Blanketflower are completely gone, as is the yellow Salvia. The Abutilons are mostly smashed. The Crimson Climber is dead. The Echinacea is mostly gone. The mystery orange flower from Folsom is laying on the ground. It is a mess.

hummingbird garden after oak tree removed

hummingbird garden and tarped roof of house after 
oak tree removal

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