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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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All Gone

06 March 2010 17:24:28
hedge half gone (from road)

hedge half gone (from road)

I left the work on the hedge in progress to attend a gardening talk at Springmount, Gorey. Ian McDonald of the Bay Garden (who will be guiding our friends Jacinta, Fran etc at Chelsea this year) gave an excellent practical demonstration and talk on pruning and cutting back. I found it really informative and helpful and it was free too!

On my return - joy, bliss. My 'hedge' is gone.

It has taken a couple of years to talk hubby round as he was quite attached to this hedge, for inexplicable reasons, but now he says he's pleased with the result.

It does kind of feel like 'having a picnic on the road' but I can live with that until the new hedge grows up. Photos in the album.


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J.D. J.D. 06 March 2010 17:32:23

Its grand when you can delegate, go and attend a talk, and come back to see your instructions have been carried out. Nice one. Lucky to have such a good hubby though. Fair play to him.  Well done Norman.

Hope you benefitted from the talk.


Rachel Rachel 06 March 2010 17:34:48

Hubby didn't do it, Jacinta. We had to get a company in as several large bits of machinery and carting to the dump were part of the job. All hubby had to do was pay them : )


Rachel Rachel 06 March 2010 17:35:39

At long last I feel like I have a garden!!!


J.D. J.D. 06 March 2010 17:37:31

Oh right. Nice job. Thats a weight off your mind, now thats out of the way. Plans can continue. Onward and upward.


fran m fran m 06 March 2010 17:44:34

Just looked at your photos. Wow, some difference, can't beat a JCG for work like that. Well done.


Ladybird Ladybird 06 March 2010 17:46:11

We visited the Bay Garden a few years ago and Ian was there doing some gardening and was willing to chat and gave us some tips. Great work went on in your absence, well done hubby. Is Pats hedge its replacement.


Myrtle Myrtle 06 March 2010 20:05:24

Pats hedge is at the back so what goes in here Rachel?


Rachel Rachel 06 March 2010 20:21:08

Well, the next thing to happen is that we need to put double strength round-up down on this area and leave it for about 3 weeks. There is a lot of undead roots and nastiness to kill off. So I will probably miss bare root season! I haven't yet decided what hedge will go there but will let you know. I'm thinking about planting persicaria on the slope.


fran m fran m 06 March 2010 20:37:36

Rachel, when you say double strength round up, is that just diluted to half the recommended strength. I need to kill off the growth on the earth mound in the front corner area, once and for all.


Rachel Rachel 06 March 2010 20:50:52

Yes Fran. That was the recommendation we got.


Lìga Lìga 06 March 2010 21:59:59

Here is big jobe done,,and big will have to be done.Good look Rachel!!!


Mairin Mairin 06 March 2010 22:26:38

A fabulous job done.  You won't know yourself with a lovely hedge there. 


LindaB LindaB 08 March 2010 14:51:08

Hi Rachel, I am sure you feel naked but it will be worth it in the end.


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