This here, is the base of the Ficus Benjamina that is growing less than 2m from the back corner of our house.
And here is (some of) the canopy of said ficus.
It's hard to grasp its size, but trust me, its huge. Worse still, it's still a baby in ficus terms.
Here is the conifer that is growing less than a metre from the front of our house.
This is a front view. If you look very hard, you can just see the edge of the boys' window behind it.
They are recorded here because today is their last day. The last remaining trees on our property will be cut down today. It's very sad, but they were both utterly inappropriate trees for their location, and they are both still growing. They will need to be replaced (much to the annoyance of my next door neighbour, who doesn't want trees anywhere), but I haven't decided exactly what with.
If anyone out there is a gardener - I need a smallish tree for the back to grow in a raised garden bed close to two houses. I'd really like something fragrant or fruit bearing (citrus doesn't count according to the council's rules). It would be best if it could grow just taller than a 2 storey house. It's in Sydney, in a west facing back yard.
Out the front, I will probably move the tree to the corner of the property, but I have no idea what I want here. Something with a bare trunk and a nice canopy could be a good idea, since the yard is a touch teeny.
Anyway, look for the "after" photos tomorrow or the day after.
Oh yeah, and I'm also looking for a good fencing contractor very, very quickly, so if you know anyone....