Notes from a Cot­tage Gar­den

This England - - News - Rose­mary Pet­ti­grew

Idon’t like hav­ing trees cut down but there were two trees in my gar­den that were caus­ing prob­lems with their roots and ex­ces­sive growth. We took the ad­vice of tree sur­geons who said that total re­moval was the best op­tion. How­ever, af­ter two dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies let us down by fail­ing to turn up, my hus­band said he was go­ing to fell them him­self. I ex­pressly for­bade him such fool­hardy be­hav­iour but when I re­turned from shop­ping one day the trees were down and for­tu­nately my hus­band was still up­right. He was very pleased with him­self but it was an ex­tremely reck­less thing to do on his own, and with only lim­ited pro­tec­tion.

See­ing the gar­den with­out the trees was like be­ing in­tro­duced to a stranger and in­deed one I wasn’t sure I was go­ing to like. But grad­u­ally I’ve got to know this changed land­scape and can see the ad­van­tages it’s given to other plants in the gar­den. So I have al­most a fresh can­vas to work with this year — one with less shady ar­eas and flower beds that hope­fully will flour­ish bet­ter due to lack of com­pe­ti­tion from tree roots.

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