George – a large Juniperus pfitzeriana was saved from George St, Auckland in October 2000. He was a sad sight indeed, growing hard up against an apartment blocks foundations, completely overgrown with weeds and large conifers and lots of dead branches.
From the day she first met him, Melody earmarked him for a new life. Once the property owner agreed, plans were laid.
Foliage was sprayed with Stressguard to reduce transpira-tion, the rootball moistened and wrapped in damp sheets.
Work on his removal was start-ed at 11am. The soil was bone dry, compacted and filled with builder’s rubble. Hard digging for Les.
His stature was reduced to fill the back of the station wagon. By 6pm he had been dragged on a tarp down a steep drop to the carpark below, providing great entertainment for the residents.
Already living rough his chances of survival were not great. He was planted in an old plastic fish pond (nothing else big enough).
Against all odds—he survived.
Now we have to find a hexagonal pot not too deep for his September repotting.
He has become a swan thanks to Tony’s encouragement and vision and his transformation greatly enjoyed by the Hamilton Club.