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Little Jem

Hello, MJ ! Yes, indeed - and what a year it has been !!! I've spent more than a year recovering from bad breaks to upper right arm and right femur ! Still hobbling a bit, but slowly getting back to 'normal'. Poor hubby has had to be my main carer for much of that time, which has meant he couldn't do as much in the garden, or the alottment as he'd hoped. Just before this, though, we had our garden chaps come back and dig out the leylandii, and then prune back the existing part of the hornbeam hedge. We ordered plenty of hornbeam whips, which we planted in an offset double row. They look as though they have all survived the wet Winter and the hot dry Summer, so just requite light pruning until they've all reached the same height as the existing part. Very pleased with our choice ! With luck, I'll be OK to do rather more in the garden this year ! How's your own garden going - apart from the expensive laurel !?!

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M J

Hi Little Jem - all is well here, despite lots of rain. Pleased for you that you have sorted your hedge. Let's see what Spring 2024 brings us both. Best wishes.

   
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benchwench

A really interesting article and has actually got me thinking "Do I really NEED a lawn?" or should I make more space for planting? Lots of thoughtful ideas here especially around shrubs and the size things can go in a short space of time. I tend to put big things in pots and move them around which is far easier than realising that I've put them in the wrong place to start with. If I buy a tree/shrub for £20 and in a few years that tree is looking like it is going to take over then the loss of £20 and a pot far outweighs the time and energy to be constantly cutting it back, especially when you are new to gardening. Likewise it might just fit a space that I hadn't considered and then maybe it is time to dig that hole.

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