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Excuse the mess, I’ve had the tree surgeons in

Two vans and a wood chipper would fill my drive, so I had to park my car at the pub at 7.30 am, when it was still dark and pouring with rain. The chaps should have come three weeks ago but cancelled because of the bad weather forecast. Hah! They miscalculated there. The rain hammered down all day and I’ve seldom seen wetter workers. Disappointingly, they couldn’t do everything that was planned in the time, nor could they clear up properly, so the garden looks a mess. The hedges and some digging out of rubbish will have to wait for a dry day. I won’t bore you with everything they did but the garden is now much lighter, front and back (it wraps around the house).

I wanted my view back and here’s just one part of it ‘before’:

Today, the weather is even worse; not just pouring with rain but very windy, too. The view is much improved and will be better once the massive Berberis has been pruned and the bamboo dealt with. That bamboo! It’s much taller than my gardener and I expected and now it’s no longer supported by the hazel, it’s free to sway around madly. I hate it and can’t understand why anyone would plant bamboo in a country garden.

Note for the young. The header is an adapted Goon Show joke.
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The rain has been awful but I'm glad to hear that the tree surgeons managed some of the required work. Have you planned to get them back soon?

The view is better now that hedge is reduced somewhat. I've never liked bamboo, it' s messy plant.
Getting the rest of the work done does depend on the weather. I was out in the rain this morning, picking up some of the debris for the brown bin. Of course, this afternoon the rain stopped and the sun came out! First time we've seen it for days.

The view is so much better, from the garden and especially from my upstairs windows. You need a very big garden to manage bamboo. Kew, for instance.


"The young" and Americans! I've heard of it, but never seen it. We have some berberis, called barberry here, and I hate it. I've gone around the internet trying to find out how to get rid of it, and it seems near impossible. We don't have much, but it is called an invasive plant in my state. Had bamboo at my childhood home, and the only control was mowing regularly on the side so it wouldn't grow out any further. I love seeing the difference. More pictures, please!
The Goon Show was a popular radio show in the 1950s and starred Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan. It was completely barmy (long before the Pythons). The line I was thinking of has always made me laugh: 'Excuse the mess, we've had the Socialists in.'

Interesting that berberis is considered invasive where you are. There are so many different types available. The one I have is rather a fine specimen, dripping with yellow flowers in spring and dangling coral seed pods in late summer and autumn. It's definitely outgrown its space. 'Barberry' is known here but it's pretty much an archaic word now and little used.

My bamboo is past mowing, I'm afraid. It's annoying me so much, flapping about, that I can see I'll be out there with the loppers myself before I can get anyone to cut it for me.

Maybe more pictures when there's something to show! I do have some nice flowers out but the weather is against photography.
That is a great photo!
I knew you'd like it!


That is so much better but I can see the work still to be done, let's hope for some drier days.

Wee sister
Indeed. Non-stop rain today, though.