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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Tribute to Harzel



In January of 2011, I joined in the Tree Year Project by Dreamfalcon and decided to watch a tree that ended up with the name of Harzel ~ here’s a  newspaper clipping that explains how the tree’s name evolved. 

In a recent comment Midmarsh John asked me how Harzel was doing.  I realized that I had not been for a walk in that direction for a long time. 
The photo in my blog header is Harzel’s view from the top of a steep path that leads down to some wooden steps to access the waterfront.  Harzel stood just outside a fenced property, and it seemed to be pruned regularly, possibly to control its wending ways. 

January, 2012

This afternoon I have spent time going through old photos and postings.  I realize that Harzel made quite an impact, encouraging me to go for walks and bringing me much enjoyment:





Today on my way home from ‘where the river meets the sea’, I thought I would drop by and check on Harzel.  I was too late.
The pruning was complete.
The view was sombre.

...but for a year, I shared the view with Harzel, the tree with a heart. The pruner will never know the impact that little tree had on my life and those who share my blog.  Its roots remain.

9 comments:

  1. Shock, horror. A clear cut case of Harzelcide.

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    1. It was a complete shock ~ I couldn't believe Harzel had been cut to the quick.

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  2. What a shame. I think that the The Tree Year was such a good idea as it made us much more aware of trees, as this post well illustrates. Flighty xx

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    1. It was a shock, and I was quite taken aback. The Tree Year did provide lots of experiences for many, and I enjoyed the project.

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  3. What a wonderful post and such a good idea to follow a tree, I certainly enjoyed all your pics of Harzel...but....WHAT a sad ending....sobs....xxxx

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    1. Hi Snowbird ~ there are many more photos and entries about Harzel ~ bit of shocking ending, but at least I found his base, so I'll check every so often and see if anything grows around the area...if not, I might plant something ;)

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  4. I was juuuuuust thinking about Harzel from your last post showing what looked a bit similar to the spot where Harzel was. What a loving tribute to a quirky plant. And a good thing you took as many photos!

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