I’m one of those folk who can’t bear to throw pruned bush in the compost without taking 3 or 4 cuttings. Unfortunately I’m not an organised gardener and I tend to pop the smaller single cuttings into any other plant pot, regardless of the host plant. I do sometimes do it properly, getting a clean pot, fresh compost and 2 or 3 cuttings per pot. I have found however that my greatest successes have been via the more haphazard method. When I say success, I mean purely in terms of the babies growing root sufficient to pot on. My tendency not to label pots does lead to my gardener greeting me every fortnight with the question “HI, and what has the Green Fingered One got for me to plant up . . . . . ” When it comes to garden design and maintenance though, I do leave this to my gardening professional. I used to manage it all myself but a decline in mobility mades this impractical. There is definitely something reassuring about the regularity of a proper gardener attending – he’s got the back grass to really resemble a finely manicured lawn now and everything is pruned as it should be – even with me hovering in the background!