Oakley Doakley! What to do with this?

We have a magnificent pin oak in our front yard that has a heritage overlay on it. This means we can’t chop it down (as if) and the only things we can do are keep it safe for us and the community. I actually believe this was a major reason we didn’t have any competition when purchasing the house. That doesn’t bother us because we just love the fantastical magic this tree has to offer. It would be a perfect ‘Faraway Tree’ just like Enid Blyton’s stories that I still occasionally read when I want to go into a ‘safe & secure’ place. This tree was apparently planted about 61 years ago, you may be mistaken thinking it is a lot older by the girth of its trunk. hang on, I’ll just measure that……………..4.6 metres circumference around the base.

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I think it’s fair comment to say this is the tallest tree in the residential part of our town, if not it would be damned close. We have cockies, magpies, parrots, galahs and all sorts of other birds treating it as a stop off point to wherever they are headed and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I laid down on the ground and just pictured myself as a little kid, off to another world wondering what goes on up there and imagining a whole fantasy world of goblins, witches and fairies. This tree is and should be considered an absolute beauty. To all those locals who complain about the leaf drop, get over it! Celebrate what nature offers and drag your feet through those magnificent leaves, hear the rustle, feel the softness and rejoice when it tells you when seasons are changing by the change of colour. Green, gold, orange, brown and then the most gorgeous, almost green when spring is on the way.

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As much as we love this tree it does limit what we can plant underneath it and what we can do with landscaping in the front yard, I would love some ideas on how to create a bit of a garden underneath this beauty, does anything survive?  Feedback needed please.

Sourdough tales

IMG_4539I’ve been experimenting with the 1,2, 3 method to make sourdough and am very happy with the results. Because I am so limited with kitchen (none), I can only stick to basics. I did these loaves in the oven to our STILL FOR SALE house, could have done with another hour or two of proving, but they smell divine and taste pretty darned good. Can’t wait till I get an oven (and  kitchen)!

Winter is about to set in and I’m ready for it!

 

 

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6 Responses to Oakley Doakley! What to do with this?

  1. Sarah says:

    Isn’t that a beautiful tree to look out onto from your home? Do you know what would grow under pin oaks in a natural setting? Over here a woodland garden would usually have things like spring flowering bulbs, wood anemones and primroses – plants that get their growing done before the tree’s leaves cast too much shade.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Hi Sarah, that’s pretty much what we were thinking. Once we’ve topped up the soil level, just throwing in bulbs and other shade lovers and letting it go wild and natural. I would love to see a real woodland garden! Cheers.

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  2. What a magnificent tree! Not sure what you can grow fruit and veg wise around it though – apart from the shade, the tree is probably soaking up all the water in the area. Maybe you could try growing truffles? 🙂 Sourdough is looking very fine!

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    • fergie51 says:

      Love the truffle idea! Not sure how much culture we would need to innoculate this baby. Might also end up with everyones dogs (and pigs) snuffling around the front yard 🙂 Sourdough is tasting fine too, thanks.

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  3. Bek says:

    Maybe hellebores? I have them under my jackaranda and they do just fine. Although my tree is not a pinch on yours and I expect there would be a lot more shade under your tree when it is in leaf.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Thanks Bek, I love hellebores and have quite a collection I’m establishing in another area of the garden. We need to get some soil dumped under the tree too. Not much hope of planting anything the way it is at the moment. Cheers

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