Why when we plan our gardens do we not think how big tall bushy wide and invasive that plant that looks so pretty in its little pot can get. When we decide where its going to be planted we then have to keep it where you put it and not let it have free reign to ramble where it will.
Last year was written off garden wise as the RA wouldn't let me have any time out there, and as we had planned a 2 week holiday in July I even left the patio pots empty. The winter took its toll on the garden as told in a previous blog. This year I’ve taken more notice of the garden and realised that what looked nice and pretty last year (my rose coloured glasses) is this year choking the rest of the plants and shrubs around it; and the unplanted patio pots are now full of wind blown weeds.
A few years ago more than 10, I had the idea of planting a honeysuckle on one side of the wall that splits the garden; it was only going to be allowed to grow on the one side of the wall huh!! That’s what I mean it didn’t do what I wanted and I wasn’t forceful enough, the same with the clematis beside the gate that was only meant to grow up the one side now honeysuckle meets clematis very pretty for about 2 months then its dead flowers can’t be pruned because they’ve grown too high. The previous owners also planted 3 climbing roses against the wall 1 of them died the others over the years have been allowed to ramble through the honeysuckle; again as the wall is only 6 foot high the roses need more support. There is an arch through the wall to the lower garden and the opposite side of the gate is a quince bush beautiful flowers and fruit but grown so high and pruned wrongly by me over the years now it only has a few flowers this bush is also beside the BBQ so a fire hazard as well.
So this year has been different the RA still stops me from doing some things but hubs and I have a solution -I point he has the use of my very good secateurs, so he can prune and we have pruned big style, we can now get the garden table and chairs on the patio with out people having a rose that is meant to climb stick up their nose. The honeysuckle is now only on the one side of the wall which has left some very interesting intertwined branches that look like a sculpture. We did 4 runs in the car to take the pruning to the tip. The clematis can now breathe a bit it still needs to be freed a bit more but will wait. The quince has been cut to the ground and I have the job again of driving the cuttings to the tip.
There is no news of my beautiful cordylines I lost in the frost and snow, its incredible how the plants you want to keep, die but the ones that we have just pruned to their end thrived through the winter. The other news is the grapevine survived the winter and has grown well, we have grapes set on it and hopefully we will be able to enjoy them this year.
The patio pots have been weeded and are planted up with violas and other assorted small plants, and the only new climbing plants I have are sweet peas; they shouldn’t grow more than 5 foot