The big pluck: Part Two
Continuing from Part One.
So yes. Cyril Lim of Seng Gardens did take up the offer and on 19th November 2007, work started on digging trenches around the base of the red palms.
It took days to dig those approximately one-foot deep trenches around the palms.
Apparently, the trenches were essential to reduce shock experienced by the roots of the red palms, thus improving chances of survival during the whole transplantation process.
By somewhat shortening it’s network of extended roots, the red palms were left for about two months to adapt to it’s new state, deprived of much of it’s root system.
So our garden was left in a mess with trenches around the palms and unearthed soil everywhere for two months. Sometimes the trenches would fill up with water and we’d have mini-ponds in the garden. xD
We savoured the last few weeks with the palms until early January 2008 when it was time to finally begin lifting of the palms.
The day before the scheduled lift on 18th January, the red palms started to have its leaves turn yellow. And I mean really yellow. =\
A viable explanation was that the lack of rain for the past few days might have dehydrated the palms.
If you’d ask me, I say that they look rather pretty..but the fact is that they weren’t doing well and my dad had worries that Cyril might not want them anymore since chances of survival would be less.
The big day.
18th of January came after all. The eight towering red palms in our garden who had been with us for 5 years are scheduled to go.
The labours from Seng Garden arrived already early in the morning to further dig the trenches to enable easier lifting later in the day. I went for lectures that morning, feeling uneasy, and having last looks at the palms around my house.
When I came back from campus later that day, this huge beast at our doorstep greeted me.
Part 3, anyone? xD