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Friday, 2 February 2018

Hedge cutting

When you prepare ground really carefully, provide tons of compost and keep the area well weeded and mulched, do not be surprised if the hedge you plant grows like Topsy!

Recently I was looking for something in the blog archives, and came across this, which I wasn't looking for:



The photo above is dated 1st February 2014 - four years to the day (almost).

Two years later, I gave the hedge a good trim in  March 2016.  This is the height I am aiming to get back to.



And in two more years it has grown nearly a metre ... yikes!  Time for a bit of a trim.  (The gap on the right was an experimental 'how low shall I cut it?" - about three months ago.)





Management pitched in and did all the shredding, bless him, and then all that remained was my first outdoor coffee of the year and try not to notice how badly the table needs refinishing.





Not finished but already much better.  The forecast for tomorrow is rubbish, but hopefully on Sunday we will be able to go out the front and cut the parts which I couldn't reach this afternoon.   Today has been absolutely brilliant - managed to do just about everything I wanted and for most of the time it was too warm in the sun to wear my coat.  Experience says that we will have some foul and miserable weather between now and Easter, but right now I'll take as many days like today as I can get 😊.




16 comments:

  1. What a lovely day and an outdoor coffee too - now that can't be bad :)

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    1. It was fabulous Kate, I know you understand about being in "my happy place". Trouble is, I'm already aching!

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  2. Looks like you had great weather today. And your first outdoor coffee - can't be bad :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, both the weather and the coffee were most satisfactory!

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  3. Pity we can’t get hedges to grow just to the height we want and stop.

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  4. It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday but very cold here, you must have kept warm with all the hard work you do. I'm loathe to comment on overgrown hedges having just had my conifers taken away :) Such beautiful views from your garden.

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    1. Eileen, don't worry about your confiers - they were mere babies. The leylandii we inherited when we moved to Bag End were over 40 foot high.

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  5. Well done on the hedge & does look like a nice day. We do (or I sould say hubby) our hedge about twice a year or thereabouts. It's a yukky pittosporum hedge & grows like made, but we did inherit it. Have a good weekend despite the weather.

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  6. Dry sunny winter days are always a bonus, March is normally the month to watch down along the south coast, I would love to be out in our tiny plot, but my back won't allow. I did watch birds at our feeders whist doing my ripple blanket yesterday afternoon.

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    1. Hi Marlene, sorry you can't get out at present. I know only too well what it is like to want to get in the garden but be in too much pain :-( Hope you feel better soon.

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  7. I hope today's weather was better than expected. Down here the Met Office got it wrong again and this morning has been lovely. Make the most of it!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Bit damp here, definitely not conducive to cutting laurel. Glad you had some sunshine :-)

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  8. Just low enough to be able to see the fells above. Perfect. X

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    1. That's exactly the plan Jules, and because the pavement is about 4 feet lower than our front garden, no-one can see in :-)

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