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Thanks everyone for your replies. I love the way people on here always reply in such a lovely way.
I'm visiting my daughter in her new home next week and looking forward to helping her plan (and plant) her new garden.
My daughter has just moved house and has a garden for the first time. For sentimental reasons she wants to plant a hydrangea - can she do that now (in April) ?
Thank you everyone for your replies. This is a great place to get pretty much instant advice !
I have a neglected forsythia hedge at the end of my garden. Neglected for a few years now and in an attempt to get my little garden back to the way it should look (after a bereavement) I have asked someone to cut it back and tidy it up. Due to personal circumstances I had to delay doing this and now I see it has burst into flower at the top although there are very few blooms in the bottom half. Will it survive if I go ahead with the planned cut now ?
So pleased to have found this conversation - my twisted hazel has been in a pot for about 5 years and isn't looking too good right now. I had decided to plant it in my garden but was slightly dubious, now after reading the comments I'm going ahead. Hoping it will be happy in its new position.