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I think they will die, they are to old to transplant, IMO.
I think you're right Lyn. The roots must be pretty extensive by now.
You would have to dig a really big root ball which would weigh a ton, literally. This would have to be a machine/digger job and impossible to do by hand/elbow grease. Anything smaller would be too small to survive as stated above. Go out and treat your wife to 2 new trees of her choice to which she can transfer her affection.
Ha ha niviac, at least the daffodils will be easier to lift. I regularly lift daffs and pot up for the summer
Re those conifers, you dont say what varieties they are. I do transplant quite large conifers but plant immediately. To dig up and transport them too is too much for them
Daffies are easy! Leave them in place as long as possible so they get maximum chance for the leaves to feed the bulbs this season (give them a feed with liquid fertiliser if you want to be really kind). Then just before you move, dig them up, ideally with some soil around them, and plant them again as soon as you can in their new home. If you can do it quickly then they probably won't even notice they've moved.
Say a fond farewell to the conifers - you really will only kill them if you try to move them.
I would advise your wife that it's better to leave a live conifer in it's original location, albeit not yours, than to be responsible for it's possible death. That would be the worst of all worlds.