I’ve just joined this brilliant website and if I may, I’m gonna start with a bit of a moan. Firstly, can I tell you that autumn is one of my favourite seasons. There is a wonderful calm and tranquility in my garden at this time of year. And even though we have had a really bad summer this year, and it feels as if we didn’t get “our money’s worth” of sunshine, I still love that the garden has reached the end of its “day of work” and is getting ready to go to sleep.
Before the garden goes to sleep it gives us a wonderful bedtime story. And the wonderful parts of that lovely bedtime story are the fabulous blazing autumn colours, and those colours, on crisp, bright sunny days are the wonderful, exciting, exhilarating parts of that lovely bedtime story.
So here is my moan: Why have we still got so many rows of over-tall leylandii trees that cast dark, deep, dank, cold shades in our gardens? Why don’t people take note of the wonderful variety of plants that might replace those dreadful, dull, never changing trees? Why do people put in plants and never then ask themselves whether they really like that plant, or what it does for the garden, not to mention the environment in which there home is surrounded by? Does it provide beauty? Do they enhance the landscape? Are they compatible with other plants? Are they right for where they are? Or might they ruin the soil? Do they cut out the light? Is the plant more ugly than beautiful?
Even after legislation to control these beasts, there are still rows of these trees towering in the sky in places they shouldn’t be and where something beautiful could be growing in their place. At the back of my garden there is a row of these trees which have become so tall and so thick that from about September onwards a huge part of my garden is in deep cold shade. I did write to the neighbour 3 years ago, but like so many people who are afraid to CUT HARD or GET RID OF, he had the tops cut off, and though he very kindly did do so, it was just a little. But guess what? They are now taller and thicker than before, and I can’t keep going on about it can I? He wouldn’t understand, he just wouldn’t see my point because the trees are about 80ft away from my house, “what’s she going on about?” he would say! But I would love some autumn sunshine, as well as autumn colour, as much as I could get.
If the nation didn’t have the credit crunch to worry about, we should turn our minds to making Britain beautiful, like it was in the 1950s, before everybody started planting these out of control evergreen, no leaf drop, environment spoiling trees. I’m not a total enemy of the fir tree, I would just like to see them singly, one at a time, not in pernicious rows. I’m not alone in this view, am I?
- 12 Oct, 2008
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