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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Scruffy and unruly

Here's one I made earlier . . . or rather, here is something I did the best part of a month ago but never managed to write about.

Scruffy and unruly is a description which could reasonably be given to me much of the time, but on this occasion I am referring to the long laurel hedge which fronts the garden.

After a ludicrous amount of hedge cutting early in February there was a lot of cogitating after which I decided "that will do for now".  The pruning is not perfect, there are some very unruly sections and overall the shape is pretty scruffy but it is loads better than before I started.  I am sure this level of finish would not suit most of our neighbours who all seem to want their gardens managed to within a millimetre but I don't really care.



A month later, and Management helped me lower the self-sown yew in the middle of the Cottage Garden which was far too tall. It is never a surprise to find another nest in this garden and I am always sad to disturb them, but we are early enough that no-one has arrived to reoccupy it.







We then moved on to the evergreen section next to the hawthorn, soon beat that into submission!





Management was on shredding duty:



And then some potentially unsafe stretching and leaning to deal with the laurels by the Big Pond deck which, along with the wisteria, are growing like things possessed.











Small Person made sure she got her fair share of my time and attention outside:





And inside makes sure she's vey comfy!   It might have been lovely in the sun, but it's still bloomin' nippy at night.



I left the TV in the photo, rather the cropping it out, to remind me what has been taking up my nightly hour of television between supper and bed.  I am probably the last person on the planet to have discovered 'Box Sets' catch up as part of our Sky package and since Christmas have been watching 'Elementary' from the very beginning.  It's rather enjoyable 🙂





13 comments:

  1. I think the laurel looks just fine. We have some laurel on the allotment that is given the same treatment and soon springs back. Do your neighbours plant in straight lines too?

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    1. Thank you Sue. Yes, many of the neighbours plant in straight lines, clip plants into total submission and line up containers with military precision and symmetry!

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  2. Hedgerows are always such hard work, but they always look better after a trim. We do not miss any of the hedges from our old house.

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    1. Thanks Marlene. Whilst the fencing panels of our previous gardens were less work, for us the hedges are far more interesting and provide much better shelter for birds and small mammals.

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  3. Wow. Lotta work! Well done, girl. Love the last pic. Sure - sleeping in front of the fire would be fun, but I'd sit and watch John Noble all day long..... *sigh*

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    1. Hello stranger, lovely to hear from you :) Sometimes I make Daisy budge over a bit and snuggle down on that chunk of memory foam with her!

      You're welcome to John Noble - can't put my finger on it but definitely not my type :)

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    2. I'm a sucker for a resonant voice - add a clipped accent and I'd listen all day.

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  4. I can't imagine anyone not loving your garden, as maybe it's not their type of immaculate, but certainly my type of come again at each season & look at me. Ah, Daisy, all that supervising & playing ball must have done you in. Did you move over for Mum & Dad to warm up too. Take care.

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    1. Sadly Susan, I can see a time 20 years from now when I am no longer able to garden and whoever buys this house fills in the ponds and flattens the rest . . . but I won't worry about such things and just continue to enjoy it as it is!

      Daisy has been very bright the last few days, like us she has enjoyed some very welcome sunshine and there's been much chasing of the ball. She had her annual vet check last week and we have decided to give her a daily 'maintenance dose' of anti-inflamatory because there's definitely "something going on" with her left hip - but at approximately 91 years old we are not going down the "major investigative route". She is eating well, sleeping well, wanting to play - what more can we want for her?

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  5. With those great views hedges can't get too tall. Happy hacking!

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  6. Those hedges are such a lot of hard work for you. Daisy has the best seat in the house I see :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, of course Daisy gets the best seat - wouldn't have it any other way!

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