Monday, 28 February 2011

Now you see it...

Now you don't!

This poor old shrub had a date with an electric saw at the weekend. It's cruel, I know, but it has enjoyed a good life. It was there when I moved here three years ago, and I don't even know what it was. It was deciduous, and was plastered with little white flowers around May. Last year I took out a huge dead Hebe that was next to it. Of course this meant one side of the above mystery shrub was left looking sorry for itself, and I'm afraid I just couldn't bear to look at it any longer. Now that it's gone, the Buxus next to it is showing its ugly side too - I could go on wrecking the whole mixed hedge like a set of dominoes! But the Buxus will recover, so I think that's it now. Oh, but I did take out another dead Hebe - swiftly to be replaced by a Ceanothus which should fill the gap - I have nice neighbours but I do like to feel enclosed!


  1. I have become a zero guilt about killing plants gardener. Life is just too short and to have garden eyesores populating it. I say, Good JOB!

  2. There's a fine line sometimes between nurturing a plant or just getting rid of it for aesthetic purposes, but most of the time you just have to be pragmatic about it especially if you don't find it attractive anymore :)

    It looks good and that Ceanothus should fill that spot perfectly!

  3. I am forever doing this Martin, and yes you do on occasions feel, should I really. However this year Mother nature has done the job for me, the hard frost has killed of several of my shrubs which were borderline, only thing is I didn't want rid of these ones. Hope your Buxes doesn't fall pray to the Box Blight.

  4. The way I see it is the new plant will work beautifully - excellent choice!
    Like alistair, iv lost a couple shrubs this year and whilst I. Sad, I'm plotting what might replace them :)

    Enjoy your new beauty!

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