Hurricane Sandy vs The Willow – Prefight Analysis

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We are used to storms up here in the frozen north. We get ice storms, snow storms, thunderstorms. But hurricanes? Two in as many years? Bizarre. Last year, before Irene hit I was worried about our willow tree coming down on the house in the wind. We didn’t get any wind. This year I don’t think we are going to be that lucky.

Here again is the tree. I took this picture this afternoon:

Notice that the tree towers over our house. Our house is not little. It has a full basement that’s tall enough that we have to walk up steps to our first floor porch, it has two full floors of living space and then it has an attic. This is not a squat little house, but the tree is even taller. (Although it kind of does look like a squat little house in this picture. Take my word for it – it isn’t.)

My husband told me today that we should have taken the tree down years ago if I was worried it was going to fall on the house. But I like the tree. I don’t want to cut it down, and the only times I worry about it falling is during storms. And so far it’s done a pretty good job of hanging in there. Although several years ago the top came down during a snowstorm. Can you imagine, it was even taller than it is now. Amazing.

While I’m on the subject of amazing plant life I’m going to show you a picture of my Forsythia Bush. I have hacked this thing down to the dirt several times. By the end of the summer it always looks like this, or even taller. It’s like the Forsythia that someone poured Hulk juice on. I’m not even sure what to do about it.

It would be great if I could move it somewhere else, but I’d need a bulldozer, or some other huge piece of machinery to dig the sucker out. And we’d have to dig a ginormous hole somewhere to replant it. It annoys me because it is the bush that won’t be tamed. And it brushes against my bedroom window when it’s windy, and sometimes when wild animals such as bears and raccoons decide to crawl under it. But you know, it seems really stupid to cut down a bush that’s thriving, especially when so many things don’t thrive here. I’ve lost more plants than you can shake a stick at. My blueberry bushes just disappeared without a trace over night. They weren’t big or anything, but gone without a trace? Jeez, give me a break here.

So anyway, before I stick in the picture of the monster Forsythia, I’ll just say “stay tuned.” When the wind and rain die down I’ll take another picture of the Willow and we’ll see who won the fight!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue Schlabach October 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

I am such a huge fan of weeping willows! It is a gorgeous thing. May it stand tall through this storm. And the next. And the next.

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BarbN October 29, 2012 at 1:44 am

WEBS – stay safe and let us know what happens as soon as you can.

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Judy, Judy, Judy October 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

My chocolate is on your willow tree. And I think they are the kind of trees that can bend and not break.
Wishing safety for you, your family, your house, your tree and your bush.

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Nan October 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Sending you “be safe” energy, Kate and I’m including your gorgeous willow tree. Keep us posted, okay? {{hugs}}

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Skye October 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I like what Julie said about talking with them. I believe plant can connect with us.

And I have never seen a forsythia like that one. That is a Hulk-forsythia! I think you’d need a full-sized backhoe to get it out. Maybe talk to it about perhaps toning it down a little? :)

I’ll send willow-strength FGBVs to your tree. Can’t let a Hurricane do it in: it just wouldn’t be right!

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Julie October 28, 2012 at 2:19 am

Also sending SAFE vibes.

Surround the tree with loving light, and tell it you want it to keep living, and protecting your home, so staying up would be best for everyone. (Much better idea than cutting it down, to death.)

You may also want to have a chat with that shrub while you’re at it.

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Aunt sue October 28, 2012 at 1:37 am

Thinking of you all tonight and sending “keep safe” messages.

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