Cherry laurel, English laurel
Laurel hedge at the Mystery Hole is 18 feet high and 60 feet long.
It’s a double hedge with a passageway length-wise, eight to 10 feet wide at the base.
New growth mid to late April
Cherry laurel announces its genus twice a year.
Full bloom early to mid-April. Flowers only emerge from branches which were not pruned in the previous year.
Immature berries early June
Berries in stages of ripening. Early August.
Berries fully ripe. Early to mid August. Bird droppings change from white to purple.
Upper level walkway ends with a pole to slide down.
After 11 years of insufficient, sporadic winter pruning and spring trimming allowed hedge to expand into walkway...
radical pruning was needed in winter 2010-2011.
To maintain privacy, neighbor’s side was pruned in winter 2009-2010.
Branches tied back and then pruned.
Truckers’ hitch (slipknot) allows cinching, adjustments, and easy removal of ties.
Basically, half the knot we use on shoe laces.
First new growth after pruning. June 2011
And below, nearly recovered. May 2012
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