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Pollarding The Hawthorn
Monday, November 11, 2013









Knowing it is going to rain for the next five days Rosemary and I ventured into the garden. The toughest job (and dangerous) is to pollard our very old English Hawthorn. This requires me to be on an unsteady ladder (tembleque is a very appropriate Spanish word) and snip with my secateurs the long branches that stick upwards. No matter how careful I am I manage always to have bleeding fingers. Luckily today I did not hit my head against any of the very spiky thorns. And I do wear my glasses.


Rebecca Stewart & Hawthorn
It was a few years ago when I defied gravity thanks to the hawthorn. I was pruning it but I had not asked for help from Rosemary. I was alone on the ladder. The ladder slipped and fell. But something strange happened. I swear my body in mid air waited for the ladder to fall before I plummeted on it. I fell on my side and I knew I had done damage to my ribs. I could hardly breathe. A neighbour heard me and called an ambulance. The ambulance came and took me to UBC’s Emergency where I was patched up. From there I phoned Rosemary (who was extremely surprised) to come and pick me up.

In my fall scan I have some spent sunflowers, an ordinary hydrangea, a leaf from my Acer griseum and two roses. The white one is English Rose, Rosa ‘Crocus Rose’ and the second one is English Rose, Rosa ‘Eglantine’.





     

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