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Stand by to repel borders... Jul. 16th, 2005 05:49 pm
herbaceous, that is.

I've spent most of today in the garden, either reclaiming the lawn from the various plant growing out of the borders (and quelling many of the internecine struggles therein), or sitting on a bench in the shade reading H2G2. I have discovered that in almost every tree, bush or shrub in the garden there is something growing that is spiky; it's something of an arms race in there, and mine came last.

I should probably prune the 8-foot rosebush I located, but I'd have to find out how, first.

In any case, the garden is now far clearer; the lawn looks about twice the size, I'm hoping I've not achieved sunburn, and there *may* be enough clear space around the birdfeeder for its intended avian clientele to use it without too much consternation. The bag of peanuts that preceded it, unsurprisingly, suffered a brief yet fatal attack of squirrel.

However the best bit of it all was that I actually had time to relax in the garden without anything more pressing needing doing, or feeling that I was neglecting some vital chore. Perhaps, at some point in the not-too-distant future, I might even find the time to use my English Heritage membership.

PS: Didn't there used to be a bit in H2G2 about "rocks... missing him by inches and, in some cases, hitting him by kilograms"?

PPS: Firefox (upgrade to 1.0.5 by the way, folks) has decided to display phase.org with Zeldman's favicon. Wonder what it's trying to tell me?


From: webcowgirl
Date: July 16th, 2005 - 05:21 pm (Link)
I've been punned at before breakfast! This should be illegal!

Re: Ow!

From: wechsler
Date: July 16th, 2005 - 05:24 pm (Link)
Karen's subtext was "He fought the lawn, and the lawn won"

Re: Ow!

From: webcowgirl
Date: July 16th, 2005 - 06:10 pm (Link)
That's it, I'm going out to eat!

If you want rose trimming tips, I'll be happy to provide them, but I don't want to be a thorn in your side.
From: dennyd
Date: July 17th, 2005 - 12:10 am (Link)
The rocks bit is when Arthur is flying out of the cave where his statue was located, I think?
From: drdoug
Date: July 17th, 2005 - 07:04 pm (Link)
I should probably prune the 8-foot rosebush I located, but I'd have to find out how, first.

You will be able to find any number of different approaches to how and when to do this. My guess is that it makes less difference than you think.

Gardening Which? did a study where they pruned three different rosebeds in three different ways, and looked at how well they did afterwards. Two were pruned in accordance with the two major theories about how you should do it, and the third was just zipped over with a hedge trimmer. IIRC, they were all pretty much of a muchness afterwards.