Well, another long absence. I have been back with my mum and dad. Mum needs a lot of support at the moment but hopefully things will settle down soon.
On a brighter note, we are having wonderful winter weather - beautiful sunny days and the rose hedge is still flowering prolifically. However, we will have to prune it soon. The hedge looks just like this now but the other roses have all been pruned and the magnolia has lost its leaves.