The Destruction Begins...
As I was leaving to go to work this morning at 7:30, I saw, 2 buildings down, a woodchipper truck and heard the drone of multiple chainsaws. The object of destruction was an exquisite old pine tree which looked exactly like a fine bonsai writ large. I abandoned my walk to the bus and headed toward the agents of destruction, the "landscape workers". Their Bowery-bum-looking boss was leaning against someone's car. Good thing it wasn't mine. I asked him why they were cutting down a perfectly healthy tree.
The surly reply was, "Because the management said to. You must be So-and-So. They told us about YOU."
He then told me, with a smile, that I had received a letter telling me they were going to cut down my dead tree (and plow under my garden around it). "You bettah get your stuff out from derr," he added.
I immediately called my school and told them I was going to be late because of a sudden emergency. I explained about the hostas. They understood perfectly. I then ran into my apartment, grabbing shovel and giant garbage bags, and ran back out. I furiously dug up all the hostas and heuchies from under the tree and carefully placed them in the garbage bags, tying them shut to preserve moisture. I also unlocked Garden Cat from the tree and hid it and its white background pot behind the Obligatory Bushes.
A passerby wanted to know what was going on. When I explained that the "landscape people" who were cutting down the beautiful tree yonder were going to come and cut down not only this dead tree but then plow under this garden, she was appalled. She stopped and helped me to load the hostas into the bags. .
See? Even a stranger had more regard for the beauty of the garden than the knuckle-walking co-op management and board. Left to them, they will just replace all the trees around the complex, which are a major reason for its beauty, with grass.
Will post pics of the garden with the voids left by the dug-up hostas later when I get home. The only hosta I could not save was one of the Blue Cadets, as its roots were just too intertwined with the tree roots. But I got the other one out intact and see that it could readily be divided into 2 or 3 plants.
Oh, the outrage!!