Many thanks to all who voted and/or commented on the fate of Killer, Alberic Barbier. The talley was close, with the choice of building him an arbor edging out digging him up. However, my vote was weighted. Killer was a bad boy during his last pruning and snagged my knuckle through leather gloves. My hand swelled up, reddened and hurt. The swelling has subsided but it is still tender to the touch. That swayed my vote against him.
Out came the tool of death.
Loaded with a long wood cutting blade, the reciprocating saw is ready to put an end to the terror of Killer. This is the best tool for those of us who are muscle challenged that have sawing to do. It is not as scary as the chainsaw, and I feel in control of its cutting. It was used to cut the entire fifty plus foot privet hedge to the ground before it was dug up.
Killer has a good size trunk to cut through.
The saw made short work of Killer, its wood was very soft. Much softer than the privet, which is so hard it should be used to build houses.
All that is left in the ground is the crossvine, bignonia ‘tangerine beauty’.
Killer’s canes were left on the clothesline pole to provide structure for the vine to adhere to and give the birdies some cover.
This gourd was left hanging on the pole. It still contains nesting material from previous hatchings. We hope the builders of this home will return even though Killer will not grow new branches for bird hiding places.
Don’t cry for Killer, however. A small piece is slowly taking over a sloping compost heap in one of the offspring’s gardens. We may hear from him again.