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Out in the Garden: My daughter's maze is the best in the world...unlike our fireworks!

By Spalding Today Columnist

This last week has to be one of my favourite weeks of the year when the Cox household makes their annual pilgrimage to the bottom of the garden for possibly the world’s worst fireworks display.

This year, we increased our budget to a heady £15.99 so we knew at best that we’d have 30 – 40 seconds worth of flaming disappointment. I lit the first firework which was called “The Thriller” and I can speak for the whole Cox clan when I say it was definitely not thrilling, though its pitiful display was highly amusing.

We had even higher hopes for the current Mrs Cox’s choice of bangers, which came with a health warning, but they too were sadly underwhelming. We finished the night off by taking it in turns to write rude words with our sparklers in the air, my daughter who turned 10 this year won with “bums”.

Bare rooted plants are more economical for planting bushes (20920986)
Bare rooted plants are more economical for planting bushes (20920986)


The air the following morning was thick with the smell of smoke from the previous night.For me it’s the smell of autumn.

Now the autumn is still a great time to get planting and towards the end of November Baytree will be full of bare root hedging plants. Bare rooted plants are considerably cheaper that their potted counterparts. Should you be looking to plant a hedge, wait until the end of the month as it’s the most economical time to do so.

This time last year I purchased some bare root Privet hedging that I’d planned to plant along the edges of my stone paths, though my daughter was adamant at the time that the paths didn’t need edging and that it would be far more fun to plant a maze. I couldn’t fault her logic so I ending up buying twice as much privet hedging as I originally wanted. In the end I’d saved so much by buyingbare root plants that the extra plants didn’t break the bank.

Edging the paths wasn’t too taxing. I dug each hole roughly 12inches/30cm deep every 15 inches/ 40cm apart following the paths.Into each hole went the bare root privet and I paid careful attention to not damage the roots. I spread a little Growmore around the base of each plant and gave them a good watering in.

It was at that stage that I decided a cup of tea and fig roll would be necessary as I’d have to do battle with technology, namely the internet in order to find a maze template for my daughter. Thankfully as you all know, children are born with no fear of computers and tablets. So within a few minutes she’d Googlised, downloaded and printed a maze design for me to follow.

I remember my daughter came out to help plant the maze and direct proceedings.It was definitely one of the best afternoons I‘d ever spent in the garden and I can’t remember having so much fun planting. I watched my not so little girl get enthused about gardening for the first time.Now a year on the maze is about 3ft tall and only the very drunk would struggle to escape its clutches. But that doesn’t matter because to me without question, our little maze is the best in the world!

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