Showing you the placement of a little vine and my new variegated yucca reveals a small area of the garden I've sort of been avoiding photographing since it has an ugly tree stump and leads to the story of the tree's demise in the fall of 2005.
I disliked it so much that I couldn't find a photo to show you how it looked before. I kept just wishing it would disappear if I ignored it. The multi-trunked, self-sown elm of some sort was growing out of scale in between my garden and my next-door neighbors', engulfing the iron fence. Every year it got some sort of icky fungus or maybe galls (?) that formed disgusting sticky yellow balloons all over the leaves. It was beginning to shade out our gardens and I hit it's roots every time I dug.
One evening my neighbors (who thankfully shared my repugnance) and I discussed it's future, a conversation which moved quickly from joking about taking it down ourselves to breaking out the Saws-All. In short order, Douglas had purchased some liquid courage and started sawing away the top branches in the gleam of the streetlamp with help from Brandon.
His ill-advised technique was swift and effective and soon we were left with a large pile of branches and the stump. No more shade. The roots were another story and we had to resort to using a chemical to eliminate the suckers that immediately sprouted from the trunk. I suppose I still feel a little guilty killing something for the purpose of beautifying my yard, but gardening forces you to make those choices sometimes.