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Gardening And Gardeners [Dec. 12th, 2015|10:44 am]
Tony Grist
Matthew has a team. Sometimes he comes himself, sometimes he sends others. These past two or three weeks he's sent Julia who says the boys rather despise gardening because it doesn't involve chainsaws, but she likes quietly pruning and weeding- and our garden is a good one to work in. Yesterday she was clearing out the large central bed.

There's a holly tree at the centre of the bed. It must be twenty foot high. She offers to have one of the chainsaw boys take its top off but I say ,"No, I like it how it is- just look at all the berries." And she says, "Those aren't holly berries, those are rose hips. You've got a rose growing up inside the holly and it's nearly as tall as the tree." Good Lord, but she's right. I've never seen a rose so big. When the poets talk about rose trees they're not exaggerating, they're talking about something like this- fifteen feet tall and spreading wide. Now Julia has cleared out the bed we can see it properly. She says she'll cut back the boughs that are dragging on the ground and next season it should be amazing.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2015-12-12 03:27 pm (UTC)
And you didn't notice roses blooming in the holly this summer?
I've had ramblers climb up and into the oddest places as well. It creates quite a beautiful display.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-12-12 03:55 pm (UTC)
I hadn't particularly, but then the whole bed was so overgrown. Julia has made it possible to see what's what.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2015-12-15 09:21 am (UTC)
it should make some sweet pictures

mom had an rose she'd prune mercilessly
one year she forgot , and it turned out to be a climber.
it had the most lovely yellow blooms.

plants can be amazing
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