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Hedge Retrival
Originally uploaded by Damian Cugley.

I'm weirdly entertained by this picture. While I'm obviously actually pulling a concealed tree out from behind its now severely cropped neighbours, a quick glance has me shrunk to tiny size and dangling off a stray branch. This weekend I cut more of the lelandii. They're still not all gone, though. How much biomass can those damn things put up in a few years?

Perhaps if I'd not spent half of Saturday watching the the fearsome Sweeney Todd musical of doom, I'd have made better progress. It's every inch a Sondheim musical, I'll give it that. And charmingly demented. About half-way through I remembered that it was performed at my school one year, by the sixth form, another memory I've not repressed successfully enough, it seems. (I was in the lower school at the time, and had, under protest, a minor role in Gregory's Girl.)

Also, this week's strip marks the closing of 2007's sketchbook. I'm not sad to see it go, as it was not bought under happy circumstances.

Closing up last year's sketchpad
Closing up last year's sketchpad
Bye bye, 2007.

Comments

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motodraconis
28th Jan, 2008 21:16 (UTC)
I think you should take that photo and doctor it in photoshop - just a wee bit to heighten the effect, maybe a drop shadow or summat.

It's just begging for a little tweak to bring out the surreality.
bluedevi
29th Jan, 2008 00:51 (UTC)
Yay for The French reference!
cleanskies
29th Jan, 2008 11:00 (UTC)
Karaoke doodles! I have a blog-friend who used to be really into them, but it looks like he's doing other stuff now.
zengineer
29th Jan, 2008 14:42 (UTC)
Leylandii - evil stuff - based on our Bletchley hedge I'd say about about 10 kg biomass per square metre per year. It's light limited as it seems to need no nutrients and sucks water out of soil at the expense of everything else that lives. The biomass generated does reduce with age and there is a hormone inhibitor that reduces its growth by about 50%.
I like the image of a tiny you balanced on an enormous fence.
cleanskies
29th Jan, 2008 15:04 (UTC)
Hormone inhibitor, you say? Tell me more! How can I inhibit my lelandii?
zengineer
29th Jan, 2008 17:12 (UTC)
Sold in the DIY sheds (we got it from B&Q which is fairly convenient for you) in the gardening section. You spray a hormone onto the foliage with a standard garden spray and it inbits growth. I seem to remember that for our hedge (15m x 3m) it cost about £20, lasted for a year (spray at the height of the growing season in April/May) and reduced growth by about 50%. Works less well on old growth which metabolises the stuff slower but that grows slower anyway.
(Anonymous)
3rd Feb, 2008 22:22 (UTC)
I liked these comics, though the third one was my favourite. -andyluke
( 7 worms — Feed the birds )