Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:20
Liri - nesh is also a word used in Cheshire where I spent my teens. I use it a lot for people and plants that curl up in the cold.
Lilly - it feels like you only just left. Glad the trip went well and hope you do get them all home soon.
AR - surgeon sounds good. We shall need one to take out an ash and confirm thet two plum trees are past saving and then deal with them.
We have just used the car and a tow rope to hoik out 3 recently dead and one mostly alive dwarf conifer. All planted in the wrong place and all outgrown the dwarf phase. Maybe now the other stuff nearby will grow better. When we bought our house in Harrow there was a row of conifers along the east boundary of our back garden, all higher than the house and making the garden look very dark. They all went, to the delight of the neighbours on both sides, especially to the east as they then got more rain and sunshine.
No such trouble here but we have noticed that our gendarme horsey neighbour has a row planted along our boundary. Will have to ask him about keeping them hedge height and not tree sized or we'll lose loads of sun from the south.
What I do need is some well behaved, preferably wildlife friendly shrubs to grow along our western boundary to hide the cattle farm's sheds. Gorgeous cows and calves but corrugated roofed sheds and barns not so pretty.