Oops, I Did it Again!

Last week was a weird one. The Little Fulla and I were quarantined at home alllllll week as he has been recovering from the flu and further medical issues arising from it. The only time I went out was for doctors visits. Some days I felt like I got nothing done other than comforting and mothering. Other days I actually got some good things achieved.

While I was on a role with decluttering, my mind was bent on sorting out The Husband’s desk. This was what one side of his desk looked like before I got stuck into it.

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This is not the sort of view you want in your living room.

After I had sorted out his desk, my eye fell on the bookshelf and my computer area beside it. Before I could stop myself, I was pulling out drawers and piling up books all over the lounge, moving The Husband’s desk over a bit so I could move the bookshelf over a bit, then moving my desk over a bit the other way so I could fit my computer in a gap just right for it. Then I rearranged the shelves and got rid of more clutter so the area is looking much more tidy and is more functional. This filled me with great pleasure.

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This isn’t a great photo, but it shows great progress.

I managed to prune three small fruit trees on one of the sunny days, which is all I thought I could do and I was happy enough at that. I pruned the apple tree outside the living room window and did some minor structural pruning on the young mandarin and orange trees in the Plum Tree Garden.

The young Cox’s Orange Pippin apple tree isn’t much to look at at the moment, but I’ve laid the foundation for good branches. For this narrow space and seeing as we want summer shade for the window, I chose to go for a central leader shape. The tree will have height and I will keep branches that are growing in directions that fit the space.
The dwarf ‘Burgess Scarlett’ mandarin and the ‘Best Seedless’ orange had a few small branches taken off to get them in a better open vase shape. Their shapes weren’t the best to begin with but I’m working on getting a bit more trunk with good side branches.

Then… The Little Fulla had a long nap. And this happened.

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Oops, I did it again!

I made another pruning mountain. Actually two. But I’m not sorry! I had a long pruning session with the old apple tree down the back.

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The apple tree is on a serious lean.
What caused the apple tree’s problematic shape is 1) it couldn’t grow much to the left because there used to be low cedar tree branches and the old woodshed crowding it out, 2) the weight of the excessive growth on the right has probably pulled it further out of alignment and 3) it hasn’t had a proper prune in a long while.

Most of the growth was leaning over into the neighbours’ paddock, so I spent a while in there with the telescopic pruning saw. As I was piling branches back on our side of the fence, I turned around and just about jumped out of my skin when their two pet sheep were right behind me, sniffing my legs. From then on, my job got difficult as I had to try and keep the over-friendly sheep away from me while I was sawing down high branches. Some of the branches still had a few leaves on them, so throwing these a few metres away from me helped, as the sheep went off to nibble them. Inevitably, they would come back right as I was getting to the crucial part of sawing.

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While I was pruning, a large New Zealand pigeon swooped by, much to the consternation of the chickens, and landed in the cedar tree. This is the first native wood pigeon I’ve ever had in my garden. I managed to avoid getting pooped on.

I got all the branches cut back to the fenceline and even moved the two pruning piles onto the fig pruning pile for cutting, before the chickens could get any ideas of climbing to a great escape in the paddock beyond.

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Drastic tree shapes require drastic pruning measures. And I ain’t finished yet!

The only problem is that now there’s a giant pruning mountain. It dwarfs the old Pruning Mountain that we haven’t been able to finish dealing with yet. Also, I haven’t finished pruning the apple tree. I’ve started on the branches on our side, but it needs such a heavy prune to try and bring it back into alignment. So there will be more branches. And I apologise if you’ve got a Britney Spears song stuck in your head now. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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And we used to call the pile on the left the Pruning Mountain. Ha!
Oops, I ruined the view.

5 thoughts on “Oops, I Did it Again!

  1. Don’t underestimate the eternal worth and high stakes involved in nurturing/mothering your precious little fulla.
    He’s one of a kind and needs special care, shaping and attention in these early years so he can develop a deep root system to grow strong into the best he can be…and produce some good fruit of his own. 😀

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    1. Behold, The Mother speaketh! Wise words. I hope it didn’t sound like I was underestimating the importance of mothering, as that wasn’t my intention. I was just excited to be able to get some stuff done as well as looking after him. When you’re in the country, life carries on and there is always work that needs to be done. I don’t really talk very much about parenting matters here, as it isn’t the focus of this blog, not because it’s not incredibly important, but just because my passion lies elsewhere. 🙂


  2. Oh my, those are big stubs on that apple tree! Are the in far enough that the new growth will be able to reach outward without going right back into the neighbors’ paddock?
    Is that till top staying on the orange pippin? If so, you may need to keep fruit from developing on it and pulling it over.

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    1. As you will soon see, I have pruned them back further. I was just doing what I needed to do from the neighbours side first. The tree has had a pretty major haircut.
      I was umming and ahhing about whether to head back the central leader of the Cox’s Orange a little bit. I’ve just left it for now as it doesn’t need a change in direction, but thanks for the tip, I will make sure I take any fruit off it next year.

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