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3rd February 2009

My favourite windbreak trees, even if I do have to cut them down occasionally.

2nd March 2013

Over the years things move around in the garden. A few years ago the herbaceous border was moved about ten feet sideways (for dull practical reasons). As a consequence this Leyland was left growing in the middle of it and I was reluctant to remove it in case the border moved back again. I had finally decided that it would have to go, and prevaricated through the winter until it was too late to do anything about it for the year ( I could just about get away with felling it on top of a dormant border, but it isn't possible once things are growing). My hand was forced by a big wind overnight that knocked it down and left me to clear away the carcass.
The stump will have to stay there for a bit, I haven't got the time or the energy to dig it out at the moment. If it starts to look offensive I will decorate it with a smug Clematis and call it a "feature". If I was talented enough I would have saved the top six feet and carved it into the shape if a pole with a wooden Clematis growing up it, which would have been much funnier.

17th January 2015

I don't know why I always seem to feature the Leylands when they are felled, but there is something quite magnificent about them on the ground, and desperately sad at the same time.