Hedgecutting was the top of the list and as the Mahonia is looking so spectacular over the dip in the hedge, we decided to even up the dip to frame it a little better! In my previous garden, it always flowered in January but I'm more than happy to see it in November! The yellow plumes of flowers really stand out against its dark green leaves looking more like flames. Chris did a fabulous job and I did all the clearing up using the ride on - 4 boxes worth, all of which have been composted. It's all looking amazingly smart and tidy in the lane!
We also had a bonfire and burned all the brash left from pruning the Walnut, Fig and some hawthorn some weeks ago. When cooled, the ash too will be used either in the compost or around the garden. Nothing much is wasted around here!
Other jobs this month have been picking and drying home grown Szechuan peppercorns, picking and drying the last of the Helichrysums and even a tiny but precious 3 strands of saffron!! Talking of jobs, how could I not mention leaf collecting?? Every year there are more and more and I yearn for another dedicated compost bay soley for the production of leafmould!! Still - a girl can't have everything!!
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