Mary Morgan shared these photos of her parent’s garden near Redding California (Zone 9). Here, beautiful flowers combine with a very creative way to preserve an old, beloved, but ailing tree in the garden.
In the backyard of the garden was a huge old oak tree overlooking the Sacramento River. The tree was ailing, and Mary’s father had many arborists out to try and save it for year.s. They said it was over 200 years old, but unfortunately, it could not be saved. Instead of just cutting the beloved tree down, they turned the trunk into a chainsaw sculpture of the fisherman and fish. The sculpture stands over 13 feet tall and is a beautiful tribute to a well-loved tree.
To further carry on the legacy of that mighty tree, they planted acorns from the tree around it. Those acorns have grown into trees, and stand on either side of the sculpture. Those tree stand, looking over the river, reminding us that new live comes again after death.
Mary’s parent’s had a plain rock border in front, and three years ago Mary added a mound of dirt and six rhizomes of bearded irises (Iris germanica, Zone 4 – 9) for colorful interest. She chose early, middle and late and reblooming tall bearded irises for a longer bloom time. You can see how much those six original rhizomes have multiplied in just a few years! Not visible now, crocuses, daffodils and lily bulbs extend the show, and later they plant annuals around the mound to keep color coming after the irises have finished their bloom.
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