No self-respecting cottage gardener should be without some topiary. This 'holly lolly' is my effort. I bought a quite mature holly bush (the most expensive plant I have ever bought, by the way), and cut off all except one stem, leaving a tuft of holly leaves on the top. You have to keep cutting new growth off from the bottom, as the plant seems desperate to return to bush form. It needs a haircut twice a year to keep its shape. I was planning to have a whole hedge full of lollipops but, in the end, decided I couldn't afford it. I have performed the same surgery on gooseberry bushes as it makes the picking of gooseberries easier and less painful.