Is this over the top(iary)?

We’ve divided our little smallholding into four distinct areas: formal garden, kitchen / cutting garden, woodland garden and playground and livestock paddocks. Whilst this is a working smallholding and I want to keep the property functional in that respect, we do have two small children and I want them to grow up in a large and whimsical garden. I’ve got some rather offbeat plans to make the woodland garden a natural playground for them, but I also wanted them to have a traditional lawn to burn off steam on, and where we can all play games outside together. But I wanted to tie all of the different parts of our land together with whimsical touches and whenever I was trying to think of fun little touches that the children would enjoy, topiary just kept popping up in my head! Kitsch, fun and whimsical are the words du jour. We’ve got a lifetime of staid adult gardens ahead of us, but as long as the children are young enough to giggle at topiary rabbits, I think we should indulge them. Nobody does silliness quite like the English, so I hope they enjoy these!

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Jess the topiary bunny

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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