The Cut-Down Tale of the Rector and Three Ladies

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I tackled the Rector again this afternoon, having discovered he had been carrying on a longstanding affair with Holly behind the rose arbour. Invigorated by Dawn’s intoxicating perfume I confronted them both; their response was prickly to say the least, but they fell at my feet and things have become rather clearer now:

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Writing this blog has triggered all sorts of  unexpected things, and it was a comment from Island Threads to my recent post about the start of the Rector’s demise that triggered my suggestion to the Golfer that we should extricate the shredder from the depths of the shed and shred some of the evidence of Holly and the Rector’s relationship instead of bagging it for the skip or putting it in our green waste collection. The noise and frequent need for de-clogging had rather put us off and we haven’t used it for years – it still works, anyway (but begrudgingly), so it looks as if we shall be able to layer some shreddings into the compost heap along with the chicken poo and bedding. Thanks Frances!

DSCN1723While I reprimanded Holly and the Rector and cut and lopped and bagged, watched over silently but approvingly by Dawn, I formulated more thoughts on the empty space generated by removal of the Devil’s Plant. I am going  ( I think) to fill it with shrubs and perennials which can cope with a bit of shade, but still sticking to a white and green palette; behind these, along the hedge line, will probably be a picket style fence sufficient to allow light but not next door’s dogs through. An early contender for the planting will be the Sarcococca humilis from the species snowdrops border, which is now rather too tall and bushy for its more delicate bed-fellows.

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9 Responses to The Cut-Down Tale of the Rector and Three Ladies

  1. Congrats on all your hard work. I’m sure you will soon have it looking great. We will be looking forward to seeing what else you choose!

  2. hello Cathy thanks for the link, I’ve read some people say the shredder I have clogs but I rarely have a problem and when I do it is because I have stuffed too much in at once, I don’t put my shreddings on the compost, I keep them separate as I rather like the look of the shreddings as a mulch, I get twiggy bits from some of the finer parts and I use them for paths,
    you have been busy tackling some tough work, the results do look nice being able to see the sky through the branches, I think your plan for the devil’s empty space sounds a good one and should look nice, I often plan areas as I work in the garden, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, there is that option too, as I have quite a few bark paths in the garden and the area inside the fruit cage is bark on top of a membrane to keep the weeds out. We need to come to a decision on the shredder, as it is definitely only working half heartedly – perhaps why we stopped using it before?

  3. Great job, Cathy! Never heard of shredding roses and holly though – isn’t that a rather prickly affaire when you handle the compost later? My shredder wouldn’t shred it finely enough anyway. Your new plans sound great. Looking forward to the pictures! Best wishes

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Annette – the rose stems are very woody so shredding should be no problem and I guess the thorns would be crushed in the process, but the shredder probably won’t take kindly to the holly leaves. If I’d planned to shred in the first place I suppose I would have separated them – but the shredder is on a go-slow anyway so I think these bags will be recycled elsewhere after all. I am, of course, anxious to get on with my half-baked plans 😉

      • Depends on the shredder, mine wouldn’t be suitable and I don’t like prickly compost…best regards!

        • Cathy says:

          Ooh, it certainly doesn’t sound very inviting does it? As I thought, our shredder doesn’t like the prospect either so we need to decide if it’s worth investing in a new one. Perhaps we have abused its good nature in the past by feeding it holly and rose stems … 😉

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