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We had a painter round to repaint our fence. I went out this evening and saw that he’s trampled on so many things. A beautiful hydrangea vanilla fraise(?) some sedums and many tulips that were so close to opening. A few daffodil stems were broken but I’m sure they’ll survive and I’ve already had the chance to enjoy them this year. I’m heartbroken. It’s my first year gardening and it feels like all the hard work has been wasted. 


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,505
    Can you post some pictures so that we can see what's salvageable? You may find that the hydrangea and the sedums will survive but you should certainly be able to take some cuttings.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Yes that’s a good idea thank you. I’ll head out tomorrow morning and see. The hydrangea didn’t have any new growth yet this year but I can see it’s all green inside so it was still dormant. I also lost quite a bit of vinca that was flowering happily but too close to the fence to be safe. It’s a bit of a thug so still plenty of new stems popping up all over. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,505
    Vinca  is a pest here. It will definitely survive !
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,926
    I've been so disheartened by my kids trampling and picking plants for the past couple of years but plants are generally built to survive being trodden on and eaten by animals so they bounce back surprisingly well. It might not seem like it at the time but you'll hopefully laugh about it eventually.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • borgadrborgadr Posts: 673
    I know how you feel. I had tree surgeons trampling all over newly planted stuff last year (my fault, I didn't warn them). It all bounced back though, I lost nothing.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,409
    Yes, nothing will be permanently lost.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,528
    Feel for you @Messynessy We have always been so worried when we have had building works done as all their parts/equipment etc end up on and in the plants. I know they have a job to do but they don't take into consideration (not all) about the area they dumping their equipment in/on.
    Hope your plants do survive.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,867
    You’ll be cutting the Vanilla Fraise right back soon anyway,    I’m sure it will be ok. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • That’s beautiful @Fire. I’ve had another look this morning and I think most will survive. I’ve tried not to spend too much on plants so I’ve bought the smaller ones to grow into the spaces. I guess it will just take a little longer for that to happen now. He also trampled another hydrangea and a foxglove. The hydrangea had lots of new growth so was clearly alive and not a weed. The foxglove was pretty weedy. 
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