This week the council weed inspectors came to Burnbrae garden. I was actually starting the clean up when they called but I still had a very long way to go. I ended up with so many pink ribbons marking weeds that you would reckon I was setting up a Breast Cancer Awareness garden party.
They only tag the worst weeds like privet, holly, cotoneaster and blackberry, not the normal weeds like agapanthus, ivy, honeysuckle and wandering jew. There are plenty of those in the garden too.
One of the ones to go is the prostrate cotoneaster. I loved its autumn colour but off it must go.
However, the worst of all news is this full sized tree that shades the woodland path is a Portuguese Laurel, deemed a weed, and it will be $1000+ plus job to get it removed. The sad thing is it was a big as this when we moved here 30 years ago so must be 60-100 years old. It has also passed several council weed inspections in the past.
The other thing is that unlike privet, blackberry, pittosporum and to a lesser extent maple seedlings that pop up everywhere I have never seen one from this poor tree.
Oh well, I have arranged its demise and will be spending some days of hard gardening to clean up the rest. When it rains (as it has done this year) the privet grows so quickly it is startling and I must admit it has been a year or two since I did a good clean up because I have been so busy with the garden at Kandos and the bush block.
Wish me strength. The council will be back in a few weeks to see if I have done the job and it is nearly pruning time for all of the fruit trees and roses at Kandos as well.