I trimmed about three feet off the top, because the bush / tree had got so big that it was blocking out much of the morning light!
Anyone want some fresh Bay leaves for their larder? Just look at this pile...
This makes me think: why does anyone use dried Bay leaves when they could use fresh ones? Dried Bay leaves seem to me to taste of not a lot, whereas fresh ones are very fragrant indeed. How lucky we are to have such a massive supply of fresh leaves just a few steps away from the kitchen door!
Look back to the first photo now. See the low green plant next to the shed, at the extreme right of the photo? That's a patch of Euphorbia "Clarice Howard". At this time of year the Euphorbia is in a period of strong growth. The neat rosettes of new growth are beginning to obscure the dried-up seed-heads from last year:
This is a plant with which you need to be careful. It is very vigorous - you might say invasive - it sends up suckers all over the place, so only invite into your garden if you're ready for this. Fortunately the suckers are relatively easy to pull up as long as you get them when they are young.
My Euphorbia is probably about 10 or 12 years old now. I don't remember exactly. I just remember buying a little pot of it at a Farmers' Market in Alton once upon a time. I think it cost me £1. And of course it has expanded over the years so that it is now quite a large patch, even though I regularly pull up loads of it every year. It's a good plant for awkward spaces, because it will tolerate poor soil and low light-levels - mine is in such a place.