Non-edible, but non-negotiable.
Friday, 16 February 2018
Someone asked me today which of the non-edible plants in my front garden I'd most like to get rid of. I didn't need to think about it long: there's a climbing hydrangea which was already in place when we arrived here, 20-odd years ago. It's one of the dullest plants I've ever known. It needs a lot of pruning, otherwise next door can't see to back their car out, it has (in my opinion) rather uninteresting flowers, and when it isn't in flower, which is most of the time, it's got nothing at all. Also, it appears to be immortal, since it's as healthy now as it was the day we moved in. It takes up quite a lot of space, which, if reclaimed, could give a home to several exciting edible plants.
Why haven't I got rid of it? Every year, blackbirds nest in it. Gardeners are in charge of their gardens up to a degree, but you don't argue with the birds.
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