A short but bulky hedge of Leyland's Cypress forms the western boundary at the back. By bulky I refer to the fact that, though only about 7 metres long, it is close to two metres thick. It has to go, and I have already made a start.
While many people curse this tree it is nevertheless of considerable interest. Its 'Latin' name is x Cupressocyparis leylandii, and the 'x' that prefaces the name hints at its most curious feature. For the non-botanist, he usual type of hybrid is a cross between two species and there are many thousands of these, such as the cross between Crocosmia pottsii and C. aurea. The result is 'Montbretia' (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora), a hybrid so vigorous and invasive that it has become a serious problem in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.A.
|A start has been made on cutting back the Leyland's|
Cypress. 1 Septermber, 2014
Why am I banging on about this? The fact is that hybrids, e.g. Montbretia, can often be extremely vigorous, bi-generic hybrids equally so. Many people have paid the price for under-estimating the vigour of 'Leylandii'. Nevertheless, to be fair it does make a very good hedging plant if it is clipped regularly.
|Sambucus 'Black Lace' 1 September, 2014|
|Raindrops bejewel the laciniate leaves of Sambucus 'Black Lace'|
Trinity Close, Daventry. 1 September, 2014
The raindrops on the Sambucus leaves indicate the conditions. Work on clearing the Leylandii will have to be put on hold.