Today we had a Prunefest at Lionel and Lavinia’s. Camelias and azalias, forsythia and flowering currant were all under the knife, secateurs, pruners and saw. A parade of green bins were filled, begged and borrowed from neighbours, and Lionel did his famous stomp to ensure not even one more leaf would fit in to the cavernous containers. It was a fruitful and rewarding day and what is more I didn’t say “oops” once. This controlled chopping was only halted by some heavy North Devon mizzle, fleeting but penetrating. All the while we worked we were blessed by the scent of a philadelphus that had nipped over the fence from next door. It is good to share.